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Groundhog Day 2021: Punxsutawney Phil predicts winter will hang on

You’ll wish to burrow away after listening to this.

Punxsutawney Phil predicted six extra weeks of winter on Tuesday in the course of the annual Groundhog Day ceremony in Pennsylvania.

As a light-weight snow fell simply round daybreak, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Membership made their technique to the well-known forecaster’s stump, with out the same old crowd of hundreds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“You look lovely as we speak,” membership president Jeff Lundy whispered to the rodent, inserting him atop the stump to make his prognostication by pointing to certainly one of two scrolls simply earlier than 7:30 a.m.

The furry soothsayer “noticed” the shadow scroll — which means Outdated Man Winter will be sticking round for six extra weeks.

“We’ve handed the darkness of night time however now see hope and morning’s vibrant mild. However now after I flip to see there’s an ideal shadow solid of me. Six extra weeks of winter there will be!” membership vp Tom Dunkel learn from the chosen scroll.

Punxsutawney Phil is placed on his stump during annual Groundhog Day festivities Wednesday, February 2, 2021.
Punxsutawney Phil is positioned on his stump throughout annual Groundhog Day festivities on Wednesday, February 2, 2021.
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Lundy, nonetheless, issued a message of hope because the nation nears the one-year anniversary of the start of the coronavirus disaster.

“I wish to inform you [Phil] has additionally informed us after winter, you’re trying ahead to one of the lovely and brightest springs you’ve ever seen,” Lundy stated.

The furry oracle’s prediction got here at the same time as flurries had been nonetheless within the forecast Tuesday, following a brutal winter storm that dumped as a lot as 27 inches on components of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The yearly ritual, which dates again to 1887, was held nearly this 12 months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of the same old crowd at Gobbler’s Knob park in Jefferson County, Phil was surrounded by cutouts of followers who had hoped to be there in individual.

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