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166008308Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow on Sunday? Every year on February 2 at 7:45 a.m. – Phil emerges from his hole in Gobbler’s Knob. If he sees his shadow we’ll have six more weeks of winter but if he doesn’t see his shadow we’ll get spring early.

According to the National Climatic Data Center – the tradition of Groundhog Day started because it’s the mid point between the winter and summer solstice – also known as Candlemas – and was based on the old saying –

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

Since 1887 – Phil has seen his shadow 100 times, not seen his shadow 17 times and no record for nine years.

With the cold temperatures and snow we’ve had – I’m hoping that Phil doesn’t see his shadow tomorrow.

Source: National Climatic Data Center