Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

(AP) - To the relief of the winter-weary, theworld's most famous groundhog is predicting an early spring.

Punxsutawney Phil emerged around dawn on Groundhog Day onWednesday to make his 125th annual weather forecast in front ofthousands who braved muddy, icy conditions to hear his handlersreveal that Pennsylvania's prophetic rodent had not seen hisshadow.

Phil's handlers, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle,concoct the forecasts. Several thousand revelers gathered in thepre-dawn hours on a small hill called Gobbler's Knob to hear theprediction.

Before Wednesday, Phil had seen his shadow 98 times and hadn'tseen it 15 times since 1887. There are no records for the remainingyears, though the group has never failed to issue a forecast.

The tradition traces its origins to a German superstition.

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