By: Anthony GonzalezStaff Writer
February 2, 2013
The rodent is not a meteorologist.
However, that didn’t stop Punxsutawney Phil who emerged from his lair Saturday in front of thousands.
Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow.
It means the bitter of winter’s chill come to an end soon, according to Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog.
Per legend, if the furry woodchuck sees his shadow on Feb. 2 on Gobbler’s Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, winter will last six more weeks.
But if he doesn’t see his shadow, it generally means spring will arrive early.
The Inner Circle, a Pennsylvania group who oversees the operation, made the declaration.
Bill Deeley, president of the Inner Circle, says that after “consulting” with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what the world’s Punxsutawney Phil has to say about the weather.
Phil brings in tourism. Organizers said about 20,000 people showed up this weekend, a larger-than-normal crowd because Groundhog Day fell on a weekend this year.