Punxsutawney Phil declares early spring ‘a certainty’

Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Groundhog Club co-handler A.J. Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog has revealed an early spring is on the way.

At sunrise on Sunday, members of Punxsutawney Phil’s top hat-wearing inner circle revealed the furry forecaster’s prediction.

The annual event has its origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney.

That’s about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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