Good news! Regional groundhogs predict an early spring!
You’ve probably heard of Pennsylvania’s famous Punxsutawney Phil, but you may not have realized that Ohio has its very own springtime prognosticator. His name is Buckeye Chuck. Buckeye Chuck lives in Marion, Ohio, and he has been foretelling spring since the 1970s. Despite the frigid weather, hundreds gathered in Marion this morning to learn whether Buckeye Chuck could see his shadow. It turns out that he could NOT, I repeat, NOT see his shadow… which means that we are going to have an early spring. Why does it mean there will be an early spring? Why indeed. However Punxsutawney Phil in neighboring Pennsylvania was also unable to see his shadow this morning, so we are doubly assured of an early spring.
It is a tradition in Marion eat grilled SPAM on groundhog day because SPAM is ground hog… get it? The local boy scouts did the honors of serving this holiday dish to the crowd.
Wherever you are this Groundhog Day, I hope you are having a happy one.
- Buckeye Chuck predicts early spring for Ohio, “Hundreds brave cold for Groundhog Day celebrations”, published by NewarkAdvocate.com