Groundhog Day 2012: Did Punxsutawney Phil predict six more weeks of winter?

Punxsutawney-Phil-getty.jpgIn what has to be one of the weirdest U.S. traditions, it's time for that ol' Punxsutawney Phil to poke his head out of his hidey hole and tell us if we're in for six more weeks of winter. Thursday morning (Feb. 2), P-squared saw his shadow, to boos from the enormous crowd gathered 'round Gobbler's Knob to watch, reports the AP.

We're not that worried - this is the mildest winter we can ever remember having. As Matt Lauer says on "Today," "It's the winter we've been having, so that's like spring anyway."

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club made their decree Thursday morning in central Pennsylvania: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and there'll be six more weeks of winter. The announcement was met with boos from the enormous crowd gathered in Punxsutawney. 

The AP also reports that the groundhog has seen his shadow 99 times since 1886. He's only not seen it 16 times. The reason that doesn't add up to 2012 is because in the early years, the tradition was not strictly held every year.

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