Celebrity groundhog Punxsutawney Phil 'indicted' for poor weather forecast

charged on "misrepresentation of spring"

Ohio - Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous weather forecasting groundhog is in trouble with authorities in Ohio after the early spring he predicted failed to materialize.

Phil predicted an early end to winter when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on February 2.

Despite his forecast, the weather in Ohio and surrounding areas has remained decidedly chilly, with snow expected in some places over the weekend.

"When I came to work in the wind and the cold, I said to myself something is wrong with Phil. You know Punxsutawney has some answers that he needs to give" said Butler County prosecutor Mike Gmoser.

In fact, so determined is Mr Gmoser to get to the bottom of what is going on, that he has issued an official-looking indictment, charging the world-famous rodent with "misrepresentation of spring".

Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney club that organises Groundhog Day, said Phil has a lawyer and would fight any extradition attempt by the authorities in Ohio.


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