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Did he or did he not?

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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HE DIDN'T


Early spring? The groundhog says...

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Let the spring fever commence!

Punxsutawney Phil crawled out early Saturday morning and did not see his shadow, signaling it will be an early spring.

"Spring, bring it on," said TODAY's Erica Hill. 

"The groundhog has proved me wrong once again," said TODAY's Dylan Dreyer, who guessed the Phil would see his shadow. "He messes me up."

Anthony Quintano / NBC News

This year is the 127th Groundhog Day celebration, which is held at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Coming into this year, Phil had seen his shadow 100 times and had not seen it only 16 times since 1886, according to Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle. There are no records for the missing 10 years. The 15 members of the inner circle, clad in tophats and tuxedos, decide in advance whether to announce Phil has seen his shadow or not, even though the groundhog does the symbolic duty.

In Punxsutawney, which is about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, the groundhog annual makes his prediction on a hill known as Gobbler's Knob. The event annually attracts more than 15,000 people and brought as many as 30,000 in the wake of the 1993 release of the Bill Murray classic movie "Groundhog Day,'' according to the Inner Circle. There also are updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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According to local reports, about 35,000 people gathered to watch Phil's annual forecast.

The celebration dates to the early Christians in Europe, particularly the Germans, who were some of the earliest settlers of Pennsylvania and believed the groundhog's intelligence was such that if the sun came out on Feb. 2 it would be smart enough to go back underground for another six weeks of winter. The first written observance of the tradition came in 1886 after it had earlier been conducted privately in wooded areas outside town.

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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Courtney610
by Courtney on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM
If it doesn't start to warm up soon, I'm going to hunt down that little rodent! Kidding. I'm so over the cold weather and ready for spring!
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TexasWife
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I agree. Then again I am fearing for our house with our snow peas. I did not expect them to shoot up as they have. They need to get out of my house.

Quoting Courtney610:

If it doesn't start to warm up soon, I'm going to hunt down that little rodent! Kidding. I'm so over the cold weather and ready for spring!


DakotaHaley
by Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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I keep pointing my remote out the window pushing the fast-forward button but Spring isn't getting here any faster....screaming


TexasWife
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

sidesplittinglaughter


Quoting DakotaHaley:

I keep pointing my remote out the window pushing the fast-forward button but Spring isn't getting here any faster....screaming


DesiJustin
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM


Me too! We have got some serious cabin fever!! Can't wait to go OUTSIDE and play :-)

Quoting Courtney610:

If it doesn't start to warm up soon, I'm going to hunt down that little rodent! Kidding. I'm so over the cold weather and ready for spring!



PrincessButton
by Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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This spring is our first full fledged attempt on farming. We have done gardens and chickens and rabbits for a while but this year we are on a much larger scale. YAY for SPRING!

.Peaches.
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Um, the way the weather has been behaving down here lately, I believe it.

beadingmom17
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM
Man do I hope so! I'm so tired of snow and frigid temps! And I miss my beloved farmer's market! Lol!
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MommieSDW
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I need some sun. This is the time of year in Washington where I am so over the wet... I just wanna go outside :(

la_bella_vita
by Bella on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

 So ready for spring....

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