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Groundhog Day 2023 | OK, we know what Phil said, but what about our local rodents' weather calls?

Octoraro Orphie, Mount Joy Minnie, MT Parker and Poor Richard are unanimous: An early spring is headed our way!

YORK, Pa. — By now, we're all aware that Punxsutawney Phil, that most-revered of weather-predicting groundhogs, made his call for six more weeks of winter at Pennsylvania's official Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney earlier today.

But what about the weather calls from central Pennsylvania's resident prognosticators?

With all due respect to Phil, their weather calls were nearly unanimous.

With the exception of one, every single central PA groundhog we consulted this morning is calling for an early spring.

Here's a roundup:

Octoraro Orphie

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FOX43's Tyler Hatfield was on the scene at Kirkwood's Slumbering Groundhog Lodge for the weather call from the O.G. of central Pennsylvania groundhogs, Octoraro Orphie.

Orphie did not see his shadow, which means an early spring is on the way. (Sorry, Phil.)

Mount Joy Minnie

Credit: Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce
Mount Joy Minnie’s handlers Greg Sallade (left), Carl Hackman (center) and guest handler Denny Brandt (right).

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce reports that the Lancaster County borough's resident prognosticator, Mount Joy Minnie, predicted an early spring.

(Minnie also is leaning the Philadelphia Eagles' way for Super Bowl LVII. Go Birds.)

M.T. Parker

Credit: Manheim Township Communications Office
M.T. Parker makes his weather call during Groundhog Day 2023 ceremonies in Overlook Park.

The official groundhog of Manheim Township in Lancaster County, M.T. Parker did not see his shadow this morning, and therefore predicts an early spring.

There was no word on Parker's Super Bowl preferences.

Myerstown Uni

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Myerstown Uni makes his weather prediction for Groundhog Day 2023.

Lebanon County's groundhog dissented with his Lancaster County brethren, predicting a longer winter by spotting his shadow during a ceremony in Myerstown early Thursday morning.

Poor Richard

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The guest of honor for the festivities at the York Slumbering Groundhog Lodge, Poor Richard, also predicted an early spring this year, making it almost a clean sweep of central PA's whistle pig prognosticators.

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