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Groundhog Day 2023: Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter

Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog emerged from its burrow on a chilly Thursday morning and saw its shadow, announcing that there would be six more weeks of winter. Punxsutawney Phil submitted his prediction as a Deadly storm Wreaking havoc in the south and northeast he was bracing for danger Arctic explosion.

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Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his hole on February 2, 2023 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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People gathered Thursday at Gobbler’s Knob as members of Punxsutawney Phil’s “inner circle” revealed the animal’s annual prediction. According to folklore, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring comes early.

The “Inner Circle” is a group of local notables who are responsible for planning events, as well as feeding and caring for Phil himself.

Punxsutawney’s annual event originates from a German legend about a furry rodent. Officials in the community — which is about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh — welcomed a crowd of thousands at this year’s festivities.

According to records dating back to 1887, an elephant predicted winter more than 100 times. The organizers said that 10 years were lost because no records were kept.

the 2022 forecast He called for another six weeks of winter, as he did a year ago.

Phil presented his prediction as a deadly storm system Large patch leather From the southern United States with waves of frost and snow for the third day on Wednesday. The storm grounded more than 3,300 flights, left hundreds of thousands without power, forced the closure of schools and made already dreadful driving conditions worse.

At least eight weather-related deaths have been confirmed in Texas, according to numbers obtained by CBS News Wednesday.

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