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A Tale of Two Groundhogs: Pennsylvania and Ohio Have a Weather Rivalry

February 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | ()

So what if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and held that there'd be six more weeks of winter? CNN doesn't even believe in his credibility: "The good news is that, according to analysis by the National Climatic Data Center, Phil is wrong most of the time."

And if Phil is wrong, then that means somebody's got to be right. For 2014, that honor goes to Ohio's own official groundhog weatherman, Buckeye Chuck, who didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring. Staten Island Chuck of New York and General Beauregard Lee of Georgia even have their own less influential groundhog opinions, but the fact of the matter is that Ohio's big rodent may be slowly supplanting Phil in popularity and prediction success.

Unlike the secrecy that surrounds Punxsutawney Phil in Gobbler's Knob, PA, Buckeye Chuck of Marion, OH is a groundhog of the people, even with his own twitter, as @OHBuckeyeChuck. Chuck has been guessing the weather since the 1970s, and he's an optimist—only predicting a long winter twice in the last ten years.

Punxsutawney Phil may have the famous Bill Murray movie to add to his cred, but Buckeye Chuck has the right attitude. Here's hoping Groundhog Day 2015 sees more news crews head to Ohio.

[Photo: Discover Ohio]

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