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Punxsutawney Phil 2010: Groundhog Sees Shadow . . . but Does it Matter?

Feb. 2, 2010

Rob Kuznia --

Punxsutawney Phil 2010, Groundhog Sees Shadow, Does it Matter?

The groundhog saw his shadow, meaning we will have six more weeks of winter.

Or so say the Groundhog's Day enthusiasts in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where thousands gather every Feb. 2 to see if a chubby woodchuck named Phil sees his shadow during a ceremonial event.

According to the strange German tradition, if the hibernating groundhog sees his shadow, winter will last six more weeks. If not, spring will come early.

But the big question here is: How credible is Punxsutawney Phil?

Given this 2010's brutal winter plaguing the nation's middle and eastern regions, it stands to reason that this winter might err on the long side.

Then again, according to a database compiled by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Punxsutawney Phil's guess over the past 15 years has been about as good as a coin toss. And yet, it was still better than Atlanta's less famous groundhog, General Beauregard Lee, whose accuracy rate is 31 percent.

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