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According to Pennsylvanian groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Ridley Parkers and should expect an early Spring this year.
When Pennsylvania's preeminent groundhog emerged from his home this morning at Gobbler's Knob he did not see his shadow. According to the legend that began in southeastern Pennsylvania, on February 2 when the groundhog emerges from its burrow and it "sees its shadow," the groundhog retreats back into its burrow and winter will continue for six more weeks.
Without his shadow; there's an early Spring.
If you believe in this sort of thing, Groundhog Day proponents will tell you that the rodents' forecasts are accurate about 75% to 90% of the time. They're also quick to point out that Phil accurately predicted 6 more weeks of winter in 2010 and that was the year that Ridley Park wore the crown as The Official Snow Capitol of the Philadelphia Region.
Later this week Ridley Park faces the back to back anniversary dates of 2010's February blizzards; and maybe Phil knows this too. And maybe that's why we need a groundhog as an old-age, ancient, hang-in-there, southeastern Pennsylvanian icon to remind us that on Groundhogs Day, no matter what Phil's prediction might be, winter's almost over and Spring's just six weeks away.