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razor1
02-02-2007, 09:47 AM
Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring 2007 PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - A new pair of hands pulled Punxsutawney Phil from his stump this year, so it was only fitting that the groundhog offered a new prediction.
Phil did not see his shadow on Friday which, according to German folklore, means folks can expect an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter. Since 1886, Phil has seen his shadow 96 times, hasn't seen it 14 times and there are no records for nine years, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. The last time Phil failed to see his shadow was in 1999.
More than 15,000 revelers milled about in a misty snow waiting for the prediction, as fireworks exploded overhead and the "Pennsylvania Polka" and other music blared in the background.
Longtime handler Bill Deeley retired after more than a dozen years and was replaced Friday by Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle members John Griffiths and Ben Hughes.
Each Feb. 2, thousands of people descend on Punxsutawney, a town of about 6,100 people about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, to celebrate what had essentially been a German superstition.
The Germans believed that if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter would last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early. AP News

Jason Rose
02-02-2007, 10:47 AM
You like the cold? YUCK!

I don't put much faith in the little bugger, but I guess it's tradition. That reminds me, it's also tradition to watch Groundhog Day today!

gardener
02-02-2007, 10:58 AM
i'm ready to start, on march 5th.

Uranus
02-02-2007, 11:09 AM
Shows you how smart that stupid ground hog is. Winter hasn't even started where I live. Feb 2nd and haven't moved the plow yet.

DUSTYCEDAR
02-02-2007, 11:16 AM
just once i would love to see that hog bit those clowns

BMFD92
02-02-2007, 11:34 AM
im ready to make some real money and fire the mowers up

J&R Landscaping
02-02-2007, 12:16 PM
The winter forcast for my area said approx 24" of snow. So far we have seen about 2.4 in 3 or 4 little puny dusting events. It just started get cold and wintery around here and I DO NOT think spring is around the corner. Were gonna see the snow in some big numbers before spring gets here.

RedMax Man
02-05-2007, 04:30 PM
Look at all the people and the guy's in the funny hats... what makes them think a ground hog is so smart? Some people are so Gulable.:laugh: :hammerhead: