Groundhog: 6 more weeks of winter

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — If you believe in the legend of the groundhog and the ability to predict the weather, Connecticut’s Chuckles the groundhog bares bad news.

“She says don’t put your shovels away we are going to have a long winter,” announced Manchester Mayor Leo Diana, to cheers and applause from the crowd watching the announcement.

Six more weeks of winter according to legend, but groundhog day enthusiasts don’t seem to mind. Adoring fans packed the Lutz Children’s Museum to see the super furry weather predictor. The children’s museum in Manchester is home to the official Connecticut state groundhog.

“They love the excitement of the coming looking at the exhibit they love seeing the animals every year,” Kerry Anzidei said.

“We have been coming out for the last three years and my daughter just loves coming here every year,” said Manchester resident Vincent Diana. “You know, she has the doll, she is always playing with it. It’s her favorite doll.”

Although Chuckles has a great life right now, it didn’t start out that way. If it wasn’t for the children’s museum she might not be here to predict our weather.

“This groundhog was so severely injured she couldn’t be released,” said Lutz Children’s Museum Executive Director Bob Eckert, “so she was able to stay here permanently and take care of her for the rest of her life.”

And for the rest of her life we can count on Chuckles the groundhog to tell us if we will get a late or early spring.

But the mayor of Manchester, Leo Diana, says weather isn’t only thing Chuckles can predict.

“She also says Denver is looking pretty good today. Happy Groundhog Day!”

Below is the segment we did on Good Morning Connecticut Sunday.


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