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Groundhog Day: What will Puxsutawney Phil report for 2014?

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Groundhog Day is coming fast and furious as Punxsutawney Phil gets ready to tell all Americans what to expect concerning future weather conditions for the winter of 2014.

According to the Latin Times on Jan. 29, Phil will abandon his burrow at Gobblers Knob in Punxutawney at 7:20 a.m. on Feb. 2. That's less than three days away when this Pennsylvania town will once again make national news as this legendary groundhog will attempt to look at his shadow.

By way of background, if Punxsutawney Phil does see his shadow then there will allegedly be six more weeks of winter. If not, then spring is said to able to arrive early.

Given that a cloudy day will produce the desired (former) effect, this way of determining the weather is probably more about the fable than it is about the accuracy of this particular way of predicting how long the cold season will be in play in 2014.

That said, please note that Groundhog Day began when, back in 1887, the city editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit promoted that the town groundhog would serve as the official symbol for this seminal day otherwise known as Feb. 2.

And so, as Groundhog Day approaches in the very near future, those who believe in Puxsutawney Phil are wondering what this ground dweller will report for 2014. So will this tiny terrestrial mammal be accurate? Your guess is definitely as good as mine.

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