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Shadow Status: Sir Walter Wally, Other Noted Groundhogs Make Predictions

Posted February 1, 2001

— Can we expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring? It depends on which groundhog you ask. According to Punxsutawney Phil...The world's most famous weather-predicting groundhog saw his shadow early Friday in Pennsylvania. According to legend, that means we can expect six more weeks of winter.

Since 1887, Phil has made many predictions. It has been recorded that he has seen his shadow 90 times and did not see his shadow 14 times. Nine years of those years were unrecorded. According to Sir Walter Wally...Spring is on the way according to Raleigh's own groundhog.

The portly weather prognosticator left the hallowed halls of theMuseum of Natural Sciencesto make his annual prediction in front of a local crowd gathered outside.

With the help of Gov. Mike Easley and Mayor Paul Coble, it was determined that Wally did not see his shadow. According to General Beauregard Lee...The prediction of an early spring also came from Georgia's famed groundhog.

General Lee did not see his shadow, but he did have some difficulty getting outside of his cage. It took the groundhog more than five minutes of poking in and out of his door to finally squeeze out. Seems the General has put on a few extra pounds since last year.

In case you are wondering, theGroundhog Day traditioncomes from a German superstition that if an animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 -- the Christian holiday of Candlemas -- bad weather is coming. From staff and wire reports


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