Did the Groundhog see his shadow in 2010? Well that depends who you ask. The American authority, as made famous by the movie Groundhog Day, is Punxsutawney Phil. According to Phil, we’re in for another 6 weeks of winter here in the northern hemisphere.
However, I recently discovered that Ohio has its own four-legged forecaster: Buckeye Chuck. According to Wikipedia, the Ohio General Assembly declared Buckeye Chuck the official State Groundhog in 1979. And why not? I’m happy to let my weather predictions fall under the jurisdiction of Buckeye Chuck, because for 2010 he predicted an early spring!
There are several other regional prognosticator, including Staten Island Chuck (who bit mayor Bloomberg in 2009), General Beauregard Lee (who holds two honorary doctorates from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University), Wiarton Willie, and of course Punxsutawney Phil.