Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Battle of the Groundhogs

SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's own furry prognosticator is predicting an early spring.

Jimmy the Groundhog popped up at Cannery Square in Sun Prairie Tuesday but did not see his shadow through the light snowfall.

According to German tradition, if the hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2 -- the Christian holiday of Candlemas -- winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, winter will end early.

According to organizers, Jimmy has an 80 percent record of accuracy.

Here's what other groundhogs around the United States and Canada predicted:

2010 Early Spring Jimmy the Groundhog Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
2010 Early Spring General Beauregard Lee Snellville, Georgia
2010 6 More Weeks of Winter Malverne Mel Malverne, New York
2010 Early Spring Staten Island Chuck Staten Island (New York City)
2010 Early Spring Woodstock Willie Woodstock, Illinois
2010 6 more weeks of winter Wiarton Willie Wiarton, Ontario
2010 6 more weeks of winter Punxsutawney Phil Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
2010 6 more weeks of winter Spanish Joe Spanish, Ontario
2010 Early spring Dunkirk Dave Dunkirk, New York
2010 Early Spring Buckeye Chuck Marion, Ohio
2010 6 more weeks of winter Shubenacadie Sam Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

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