Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter

MGN Graphics

The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter.

Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.

Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn't see it, spring will come early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.

Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.

Michigan woodchuck predicts 6 more weeks of winter

HOWELL, Mich. â?? Michigan's weather-prognosticating woodchuck has called for six more weeks of winter.

Woody stayed put in her home at the Howell Conference and Nature Center on Sunday morning, taken to mean there won't be an early end to the state's cold, white winter.

Nature center Executive Director Dick Grant says Woody is 11-4 in weather predictions.

The nature center's celebration of the changing seasons includes a crazy costume contest for kids who wear get-ups that represent their hopes for an early spring or for six more weeks of winter. The child with the most outrageous outfit gets a free week at summer camp.