Famous groundhogs make their yearly predictions

AP (WTOC) - Punxsutawney Phil, America's most famous rodent prognosticator, saw his shadow Tuesday, signaling six more weeks of winter.

He appeared as he does every year in front of hundreds at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania.

Not seeing a shadow, something that has happened just 15 times in Phil's history, would have meant spring is around the corner. Seeing their shadows would mean winter would go on for another six weeks, and they could go back to sleep, according to the tradition.

This annual tradition came to America with the early German settlers who arrived in Pennsylvania.

General Beauregard Lee also gave his annual Groundhog Day prognostication Tuesday morning from his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Liburn, Georgia. The prediction was delayed when General Lee got away from his handlers and hid, then climbed a fence behind his mock-mansion home.

His prediction contradicts the call made by Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil, who did see his shadow.

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