Spring is coming late this year if the Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil's prediction is anything to go by.  He told on early Thursday that people should be prepared for six more weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil
Groundhog handler John Griffith holds famed weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil up to the crowd 02/02/2012.

Punxsutawney Phil, arguably the most famous groundhog, came out of his burrow to see his shadow on Groundhog Day. His shadow appeared, which means people have to bear another six more weeks of winter.

However, his rivals differed from his prediction.  Other groundhogs namely Staten Island Chuck, Wiarton Willie, French Creek Freddie, Gen. Beauregard Lee and Buckeye Chuck did not see their shadows.

Punxsutawney Phil was no doubt the most celebrated among the groundhogs. Thousands of people came to Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill, to witnessed his annual prediction. He then proclaimed that he could see many shadows, and thus six more weeks of winter.

The Groundhog Day celebration, observed on February 2, is rooted in a German superstition that says that winter will continue another six weeks if a groundhog sees his shadow, and spring will arrive early if he doesn't see his shadow.