The reports were unanimous.
From Puddle Duck Creek to the Refton Shale Belt, squads from the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge reported woodchucks peered from their holes just after dawn on Saturday, saw their shadows, and retreated back underground to sleep through six more weeks of winter.
The reports and the official prognostication were delivered on the lodge grounds in White Rock, Colerain Township, shortly before 9 a.m. on February 2.
One squad added a request that a wall be built to protect Americans from alien invaders.
This wall, the spokesman said, should be built along the Susquehanna River at a cost not to exceed $540 to protect the Southern End from invasion by Punxsutawney Phil and his supporters.
Other lodge members reported finding some of Phil's minions lurking about Orphie's home in the pre-dawn hours. Those trespassers were apprehended without incident and Orphie's lair was kept safe from followers of the Pittsburgh pretender.
Nor were lodge members influenced by Phil's followers who said their mascot did not see his shadow and spring is just around the corner.
The local lodge celebrates the belief that if a groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last six more weeks. If the marmot does not see his shadow, spring is just around the corner.
This was the lodge's 111th annual celebration of Groundhog Day.
The annual parade, prediction, and program was seen by several hundred spectators who braved the single-digit temperatures to watch the lodge's rituals.