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Punxsutawney Phil Through the Years (PHOTOS)

Edecio Martinez | TWC
Published: January 31, 2013

Official Groundhog Handler Bill Deeley holds Punxsutawney Phil in front of the crowd on Feb. 2, 2002, after the groundhog made his yearly weather prediction in Punxsutawney, Pa. Phil predicted six more weeks of winter in front of an estimated crowd of over 40,000. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. As the custom goes, if Punxsutawney Phil emerges from hibernation to see his own shadow, he will take this as a sign of six more weeks of winter, and return to his burrow. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. The legend of Groundhog Day is based on an old Scottish couplet: "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year."


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