Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter ahead

The groundhog has spoken -- or at least indicated. There will be six more weeks of winter ahead, according to "Punxsutawney Phil." At a tongue-in-cheek ceremony this morning in an area called Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania, the world's best-known groundhog saw his shadow. That's according to his handler, who woke up Phil from hibernation and placed him on a stump. Speaking in prose, a top-hatted interpreter lamented the tsunami, mudslides and frigid cold of this winter, but says there won't be an early end.

According to Phil, he says, "I'm sorry to say I have seen my shadow today." The alternative would have been an early spring -- if he didn't spot the shadow.

Thousands on hand in Punxsutawney booed as the furry prognosticator indicated six more weeks of winter.