Chuckles the Groundhog Says 6 More Weeks of Winter [VIDEO]

Connecticut Chuckles VIII, newly sworn in as the state groundhog, saw her shadow Saturday morning at the Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester, portending a late spring for the state.

Bundle up, Connecticut. It looks like six more weeks of winter before spring wraps its warm embrace upon the state.

It wasn't the answer the dozens of children and other onlookers who gathered before dawn Saturday at the Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester wanted. But when Connecticut Chuckles VIII, the newly sworn-in state groundhog, poked her head out of her hole and saw her shadow ... well, what's a human to do but reluctantly put on his heavy coat and leather gloves and hope for the best.

This was Chuckles VIII's first time making the much-awaited annual pronouncement, as Connecticut Chuckles VII tragically passed away early last year just after making her 2012 prediction.

Meanwhile, over in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, which means an early spring. Which groundhog is right? Only time will tell.

Patch's "P! News" was at the event and will file an exclusive video report later Saturday.

Do you agree with Chuckles VIII that winter will continue for six more weeks? Tell us in the comments!

Big Boy February 02, 2013 at 01:36 PM
All those groundhogs have sold out to the ski resorts!!! : ) make your winter vacation plans now that the groundhog has verified six more weeks of winter! Same thing every year...
Steven DeVaux February 02, 2013 at 03:08 PM
His grandfather disagrees. http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/Pa-s-Punxsutawney-Phil-predicts-early-spring-4245149.php He should show a little respect.
SuperDave February 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Are weathermen, with all their modern equipment, so bad at their jobs that we now depend on a rodent to predict weather???
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 07:24 AM
I suspect people continue to celebrate Groundhog Day because it's a tradition - first reference to a groundhog day in the U.S. was reportedly in 1841. Of course, I'm sure some put stock in the groundhog's prediction - I'm hoping Phil knows what he's talking about this year, that's for sure!
Steven DeVaux February 04, 2013 at 11:57 AM
We depend on politicians for budgets and we see the result. Can rodents really do any worse?
Mr D. February 04, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Sometimes I have a hard time differentiating TV forecasters from rodents...


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