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Six more weeks of winter, says Sir Walter Wally

Posted February 2

 Sir Walter Wally predicted six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow during a ceremony at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Feb. 2, 2014.

— Two of North Carolina's prognosticating groundhogs have both seen their shadows, predicting six more weeks of winter.

The sun was out Sunday afternoon when Sir Walter Wally emerged at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, allowing the groundhog to see his shadow for a second straight year.

Museum officials say Wally has been correct 50 percent of the time in predicting winter weather since 1998.

At about the same time in Charlotte, that city's groundhog, Queen Charlotte saw its shadow too at the Charlotte Nature Museum.

Meanwhile, at White Deer Park in Garner, Mortimer the Groundhog predicted one more cold snap, then an early spring.

After a week of cold weather, temperatures in the three cities got into the 60s on Sunday.

His famous counterpart, Punxsutawney Phil, also saw his shadow on Sunday.

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks.

If no shadow was seen, legend says, spring will come early.

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  • Obamacare prevails again Feb 3, 10:18 a.m.

    How do they know the groundhog isn't blind?

  • Inside The Beltline Feb 3, 10:17 a.m.

    Another "original" idea Raleigh had with using a ground hog to predict the end of winter. -A PERSON

    What do you suggest since it is after all, GROUNDHOG DAY?

  • justmy2cntz Feb 3, 10:02 a.m.

    It's almost impossible NOT to see your shadow on a sunny day. If it had been a cloudy or overcast day, no shadow - obviously. Silly people......silly legends. Besides, did they forget they're in NC, where we can have almost have all 4 seasons in one day?! LOL!

  • xylem01 Feb 3, 9:07 a.m.

    We can do this to a groundhog on Groundhog's Day but can't lower a opossum New Year's Eve? Puhleese...

  • A person Feb 3, 8:02 a.m.

    Another "original" idea Raleigh had with using a ground hog to predict the end of winter. Does anyone in NC ever come up with an truly original idea? Ever??