Groundhog Day Report

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Spencer Butte Bob, The South Hills Groundhog | Photo by Tim Chuey

Yesterday was Groundhog Day and I checked in with many of the groundhogs to see what they had for a forecast.

Punxsutawney Phil | Photo by zapit.com
Punxsutawney Phil | Photo by zapit.com

“Punxsutawney Phil” led the group that did not see their shadow predicting an early Spring. The others in that group are Malverne Mel, Holtsville Hal, General Lee, Sir Walter Wally, Staten Island Chuck, and Dunkirk Dave (Who actually is a female named Sidewinder). Those seeing their shadow predicting 6 more weeks of Winter are Dunkirk Dave, Buckeye Chuck, and my own Spencer Butte Bob here in Eugene. Even Wiarton Willie from Ontario Canada predicted 6 more weeks of Winter by seeing his shadow. That’s 7 to 4 in favor of an early Spring.

Spencer Butte Bob, The South Hills Groundhog | Photo by Tim Chuey
Spencer Butte Bob, The South Hills Groundhog | Photo by Tim Chuey

For those of you who might not remember Spencer Butte Bob is my personal groundhog (actually a plaster statue). It was quite sunny this morning so Bob did see his shadow predicting 6 more weeks of Winter, but if the rest of Winter is like what we have had so far that’s not too bad. A special note: One groundhog missing from this report is Sun Prairie Jimmy. When making his prediction last year he bit the ear of the Mayor, who was holding him at the time, so they had to let Jimmy go back into the wild. I guess they didn’t find a replacement since I couldn’t find their report. Remember, these predictions are about as accurate as flipping a coin, but it is fun to check this out each year.

You can comment below or email me at: [email protected].

Tim Chuey is a Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and has been Awarded Seals of Approval for television weathercasting from both organizations.

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