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Groundhog Club Co-handler Ron Ploucha holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring during the Groundhog Day ceremony, Saturday, Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, Pa. (Associated Press)

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Groundhog Club Co-handler Ron Ploucha holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring during the Groundhog Day ceremony, Saturday, Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, Pa. (Associated Press)

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Top-hatted men hosting the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, are silhouetted against a rainy morning sky. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Cookies in the likeness of a groundhog are available for attendees at the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Ellen Lurie (center), 6, and her twin brother, Jonathan (left), join their father, Peter Lurie of Washington, at the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Ellen Lurie, 6, of Washington is sandwiched between news photographers and reporters during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Fox 5 meteorologist Tucker Barnes holds up his microphone to get the groundhog's prediction during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A copy of the proclamation declaring "Potomac Phil Day" is on display during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A copy of the proclamation declaring Thursday as "Potomac Phil Day" in the District of Columbia is on display during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (left) and Aaron DeNu (right) announce the proclamation declaring Thursday as "Potomac Phil Day" before Potomac Phil — a stuffed, mounted groundhog — "predicts" the weather during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. The woodchuck predicted six more weeks of winter. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A stuffed and mounted groundhog named Potomac Phil stands on display during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Phil "predicted" six more weeks of winter. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Mike Silverstein (in Steelers cap), Andy Klingenstein (second from left), Will Stephens (third from left), D.C. Council member Jack Evans (fourth from left), Aaron DeNu (third from right), Andrew Huff (second from right) and Kevin O'Connor pretend to listen for the "predictions" of Potomac Phil during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (left) and Aaron DeNu (right) announce the proclamation of Tuesday as "Potomac Phil Day" as a stuffed, mounted groundhog named "Potomac Phil" is introduced to offer his weather and political predictions during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, stands on the shoulder of one of his handlers, John Griffiths, after the Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and winter soon will end during Groundhog Day festivities on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Groundhog Club President Bill Deeley (right) looks at and listens to Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, as handler John Griffiths (left) awaits Phil's prognostication on Groundhog Day, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, during annual Groundhog Day festivities on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and predicted that spring will come early this year. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, for photographers and cameramen during annual Groundhog Day festivities on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and predicted that spring will come early. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, is placed on his stump during annual Groundhog Day festivities on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and predicted that winter will end soon. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, stands on the shoulder of one of his handlers, John Griffiths, while looking at another handler, Ben Hughes, after the Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and winter will end soon after Groundhog Day on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, crawls off the shoulder of handler Ben Hughes during the annual Groundhog Day festivities on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and predicted that winter will end soon. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)