North Carolina groundhogs offer differing forecasts

Groundhog Sir Walter Wally: wrong more than right (Photo: WTVD)

Whether North Carolinians break out the spring wardrobe or keep the winter clothes handy depends on which groundhog they want to believe.

The handlers of Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania said he called for six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at dawn. But he had competition for the fearless forecasting.

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Puck, a groundhog that’s been in the care of Possumwood Acres in Onslow County since he got injured, visited students at Thompson Early Childhood Center. Unlike Phil, Puck predicted an early spring.

Handlers for Sir Walter Wally said Raleigh’s groundhog didn’t see his shadow on Friday despite sunny skies, meaning warm temperatures are around the corner. To the west, Greta appeared at Chimney Rock and saw her shadow, which means heavy coats and gloves for the next six weeks. Queen Charlotte in Charlotte also saw her shadow.

Greta also tried to make a forecast for the Super Bowl, but while she seemed to lean toward the New England Patriots, it wasn’t clear that she had turned down the offering of birdseed and corn representing the Philadelphia Eagles.