Friday, February 2

Punxsutawney Phil Confirms Global Warming

Bucking a trend, Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see shadow and confirms global warming

• According to German folklore, folks can now expect an early spring
• 15,000 people celebrated in Punxsutawney, a town of about 6,100 people
• Since 1886, Phil has seen his shadow 96 times, hasn't seen it 15 times
• Global warming "likely man-made" and expected to "continue for centuries"
• Greenhouse gases blamed for fewer cold days, hotter nights, floods
• Temperatures predicted to rise 2 F to 11.5 F by 2100

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A new pair of hands pulled Punxsutawney Phil from his stump this year, so it was only fitting that the groundhog offered a new prediction.

Phil did not see his shadow on Friday, which, according to German folklore, means folks can expect an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter. Punxsutawney Phil aslo made another startling prediction--global warming is really happening.

Punxsutawney Phil, who was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, said "Look, I call 'em as I see 'em. The absence of seeing my shadow is not in itself a predictor of global warming, but the presence of palm trees, tropical birds, and Jimmy Buffett make it a slam dunk. Besides I was watching the news and saw the report by the French scientists."

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