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Punxsutawney Phil: 6 more weeks of winter!

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PUNXSUTAWNEY (KDKA) - Happy Groundhog Day!

Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter!

Punxsutawney Phil made his annual weather prediction just a little later this morning.

He's emerged from his home on Gobbler's Knob just before 7:30 a.m. and deliver his forecast on the prospects for an early spring.

Security wass stepped up for this year's festivities because Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is there for the annual event.

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History of Punxsutawney Phil (Wikipedia)

Year Prediction
1887-1888 Long winter
1889 No record
1890 Early spring
1891-1897 No record
1898 Long winter
1899 No record
1900-1901 Long winter
1902 Early spring
1903-1933 Long winter
1934 Early spring
1935-1941 Long winter
1942 "War clouds have blacked out parts of the shadow."[8]
1943 No appearance (World War II)
1944-1949 Long winter
1950 Early spring
1951-1969 Long winter
1970 Early spring
1971-1974 Long winter
1975 Early spring
1976-1982 Long winter
1983 Early spring
1984-1985 Long winter
1986 Early spring
1987 Long winter
1988 Early spring
1989 Long winter
1990 Early spring
1991-1994 Long winter
1995 Early spring
1996 Long winter
1997 Early spring
1998 Long winter
1999 Early spring
2000-2006 Long winter
2007 Early spring
2008-2010 Long winter
2011 Early spring
2012 Long winter

Of these 115 predictions on record so far, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring 15 times (13%). As to his accuracy, according to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil's predictions have been correct 39% of the time

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