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Furry weathermen fail to see shadows

Jessica Cuffman • Feb 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM

At least two of the region's official furry weather prognosticators offered sunny predictions Saturday for the last few weeks of winter.

Shadows failed to make appearances at both Punxsutawney Phil's and Buckeye Chuck's annual break of dawn celebrations, during which groundhogs across the nation — official and not — forecast the general state of the atmosphere for the next six weeks.

Phil, the official prognosticating rodent for the country, made his prediction of an early end to winter at 7:24 a.m., as the sun crept over the edge of the expected crowd of 20,000 in Punxsutawney, a town of less than 6,000 residents every other day of the year in midwestern Pennsylvania.

A few minutes later, at 7:39 a.m., Ohio's Buckeye Chuck made the same proclamation in Marion, as the state's official weather predicting woodchuck.

"Maybe they got together and made the decision," joked Pat Riley, of Mount Vernon, who attended Marion's event for the first time with his daughter, Jenna Riley, 8, and his nephew, Dakota Waite, 10.

Lesser known than his cousin to the east, Chuck's handlers at 1490 WMRN-AM Marion, claim his predictions to be accurate 75 percent of the time.

Read more on the predictions in Sunday's Register.

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