This groundhog is a cousin of Buckeye Chuck, the Marion groundhog that predicts how far away Spring is in Ohio.

MARION -- Tuesday is National Groundhog Day, and in Ohio things are a bit askew.

Traditonally, that means we all look to see what Buckeye Chuck sees in his annual prediction for winter.

This year’s celebration was held virtually for the first time ever, due to the pandemic. However, the show must go on.

On Sunday morning at 7:40 a.m. in Marion, Buckeye Chuck, Ohio’s Official Weather Forecasting Groundhog emerged from his burrow to a cloudy sky, which folklore says means, “Spring Is Just Around the Corner!”

In short, Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow.

Buckeye Chuck was proclaimed “Ohio’s Official Weather Predicting Groundhog” in 1979 by the Ohio Legislature. Since then, AM-1490 WMRN Radio has held an annual celebration for Buckeye Chuck’s historic announcement.

Buckeye Chuck has correctly predicted the second half of Ohio’s weather about 70% of the time.

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