The verdict from Punxsutawney: Bundle up for more winter

Photo posted February 2, 2012 in News by Amanda August and Tom Ruane

On a relatively warm and dry winter morning the groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow outside Punxsutawney, Pa., and saw his shadow. Tradition says this means six more weeks of winter.

Organizers told the Associated Press that as many as 18,000 people crowded into the outdoor amphitheater at Gobbler's Knob to participate in Groundhog Day, which has been made famous by nearly 150 years of media coverage and a Hollywood movie.

For those who keep score, in the years since the event began in 1886 Phil has seen his shadow 99 times and not seen it 16 times in years in which records were kept, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle.