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Feb. 2, 2008

Central Ohio Weather Prediction...

Happy Groundhogs Day 2008

Buckeye Chuck says ....

Did Buckeye Chuck see his shadow? If he did  we get six more weeks of winter.   If the Central Ohio groundhog did not see his shadow we get an early spring.

Live from Marion Ohio...  on Channel 4 TV News....

The sun came up at 7:40 AM...  the official pronouncement at 7:42 AM Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow.  We are going to have an early spring in Central Ohio. 


"First, about those groundhogs: When you look back at the historical record, the Groundhog Day story appears to be a blend of several weather-related folktales. Long before the days of Doppler radar, Europeans put great stock in Feb. 2, or Candlemas Day on the church calendar, as a weather indicator at the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Clear weather on Candlemas was seen as a harbinger of snowy weather to come, while cloudy weather held the promise that things would get better in the weeks ahead. Some have speculated that there was a shred of meteorological truth behind the folktale: Clear skies in early February could be associated with persistent masses of cold, dry air that would prolong low temperatures, while cloudy skies could hint at wetter, more temperate days ahead.

The Germans added animal lore to their Candlemas story, saying that if the weather was sunny enough to scare a badger back into its hole, there were more wintry days to come. When German immigrants came to America (and settled in places like Punxsutawney, Pa.), the groundhog took the place of the badger."

Channel 4 was talking about  Olentandy Olga.... a muskrat in Delaware County??? Weather prognosticator?  Muskrat love?

I'd love to hear from you if you have a comment on the topic of Buckeye Chuck, groundhogs day and weather. All comments are moderated so you will not see your comment immediately. Thanks.

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Feb. 2, 2008 - RE: Central Ohio Weather Prediction...

Posted by Carole Cohen
yep it is the one day of the year when it pays to live in NE Ohio too; no sun of course LOL
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Feb. 3, 2008 - RE: Central Ohio Weather Prediction...

Posted by Maureen McCabe
we had sun in the afternoon and 40 degrees.
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Feb. 3, 2008 - RE: Central Ohio Weather Prediction...

Posted by Maureen McCabe

Feb. 2, 2008 - RE: Buckeye Chuck says...

Posted by Notsofastmyfriend (

I think you may be mistaken...


Feb. 2, 2008 - RE: Buckeye Chuck says...

Posted by jacob

Above were posted on a 2007 Groundhogs Day entry.

The link to MSNBC is about P. Phil in PA seeing his shadow. 

He is not OUR groundhog. 
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