Local groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter

WOODBURN, Ind. (WANE) Move over, Punxsutawney Phil, there’s a new rodent ready to forecast the weather.

Woodburn Wild Charles Winchester, or Chuck, will predicted a late arrival of spring on Groundhog Day, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
Woodburn Wild Charles Winchester, or Chuck, will predicted a late arrival of spring on Groundhog Day, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.

Woodburn Wild Charles Winchester, more simply known as Chuck, appeared at Woodlan High School early Thursday – Groundhog Day – to determine when warmer weather will move in. On a sunny morning in northeast Indiana, Chuck saw his shadow to predict six more weeks of winter in northeast Indiana.

Woodburn dignitaries, including the Mayor Joe Kelsey and council members, attended the ceremony dressed in traditional top hats.

As lore goes, if the groundhog spots his shadow, he’ll scurry back into his hole – a sign that winter will last six more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, a welcome spring will move in early.  Unfortunately, Wild Charles Winchester saw his shadow, meaning we can expect six more weeks of winter.

In Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, too, predicted six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow early Thursday.