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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/ 2/2009

Six More Weeks of Winter?

By Dan Stillman

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Watch the Groundhog Day goings on -- live from Punxsutawney, Pa. -- starting at approximately 7 a.m.

Update: And the "sire of sires" saw his shadow, bringing us six more weeks of winter.

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By Dan Stillman  | February 2, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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I know I heard, somewhere, that groundhog is low in cholesterol...

Posted by: bikerjohn | February 2, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Yes, four more weeks of meteorological winter plus 2-3 weeks of astronomical winter.

The groundhog is 100% right when he sees his shadow and 100% wrong when he doesn't.

The legend goes back to the European legend of Candlemas Day and the Old World hedgehog or marmot. These animals tend to "quasi-hibernate" and emerge from their burrows during mild spells. The same is true of the American marmot, woodchuck or groundhog, thus bringing the legend to the New World.

By the way, London got 6 inches of snow this morning. [They get snow, we don't!]

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 2, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I think it's "seer of seers," not "sire of sires."

Posted by: richardwertheimer | February 2, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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