Pa. groundhog 'predicts' 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - (AP) - Pennsylvania's famous groundhogPunxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil has emerged from his lairand saw his shadow, in the process predicting six more weeks ofwinter.

But, at this rate, that might not be so bad.

The groundhog made his "prediction" on Gobbler's Knob, a tinyhill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast ofPittsburgh.

Temperatures were near freezing when he emerged at dawn -unseasonably warm - and are forecast to climb into the mid-40s in awinter that's brought little snow and only a few notably cold daysto much of the East.

Thursday's ceremony is largely that: Phil's prediction isdetermined ahead of time by the Inner Circle, a group which donstop hats and tuxedos and decides in advance what the groundhog willpredict.

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