Buckeye Chuck

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Buckeye Chuck, Ohio's official weather-predicting whistlepig,[1] resides in Marion, Ohio. He is one of two whistlepigs in Ohio known for predicting the arrival of spring on Groundhog Day (February 2). A native of Ohio, Chuck began predicting the arrival of spring in the 1970s.[2] In addition, the Ohio General Assembly declared Buckeye Chuck the official State Groundhog in 1979.[3] However, from 2006 to 2015, Chuck's forecast was correct only twice.[4]

According to the legend of Groundhog Day, the groundhog's behavior is a way of forecasting the weather. If the groundhog pops out from its burrow, sees his shadow, and then disappears again, it will mean that winter is to continue for six more weeks. But if the groundhog does not see its shadow, then it will not be scared to come out of its burrow and winter will soon end.

Past predictions[edit]

Year Prediction
2018 6 more weeks of winter
2017 6 more weeks of winter
2016 6 more weeks of winter[5]
2015 Early spring[6]
2014 Early spring[7]
2013 Early spring[8]
2012 Early spring[9]
2011 Early spring[10]
2010 Early spring[11]
2009 6 more weeks of winter[12]
2008 Early spring[4]
2007 Early spring[4]
2006 6 more weeks of winter[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://consumer.discoverohio.com/searchdetails.aspx?detail=59605
  2. ^ http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=2399&nm=Buckeye-Chuck
  3. ^ http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/famous_groundhogs/Famous_Groundhogs_Around_the_World.htm
  4. ^ a b c d Cooley, Patrick (February 1, 2016). "Groundhog Day 2016: Buckeye Chuck's very spotty prediction record since 2006". Cleveland, Ohio: cleveland.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Carter, Andrew, Marion Star (February 2, 2016). "Buckeye Chuck: 6 more weeks of winter". WKYC. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Chuck says early spring; Phil disagrees". The Marion Star. February 2, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ Puskar, Gene J.; Rubinkam, Michael, Associated Press (February 2, 2014). "Groundhog Day: Buckeye Chuck, Punxsutawney Phil make predictions". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on February 23, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Williams, Mark (February 2, 2013). "Spring comes early according to Buckeye Chuck". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Buckeye Chuck in Marion fails to see shadow, 'predicts' spring is near". Mansfield News Journal. Mansfield, OH. February 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ Seitz, Colleen (February 2, 2011). "No shadows for Buckeye Chuck and Punxsutawney Phil mean early spring". WEWS. Cleveland, OH. 
  11. ^ "Weather-Predicting Groundhogs Don't Agree". WCMH-TV. February 2, 2010. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ Willis, Donna (February 2, 2009). "Buckeye Chuck Makes Prediction: 6 More Weeks". NBC4i.com. Columbus, OH. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 

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