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Punxsutawney Phil forecasts short winter

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Linda Feldmann / February 3, 1983

Punxsutawney, Pa.

Spring is just around the corner, if you believe Punxsutawney Phil. The nation's premier groundhog emerged from his winter hideaway Feb. 2 to the cheers of some 200 people, and did not see his shadow. This is considered a sign that there are less than six weeks left in winter.

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It was only about the fifth time in 30 years that the furry prognosticator predicted an early end to winter - and members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club say he's never wrong.