North Carolina Has Conflicting Forecasts For More Winter

There were conflicting forecasts from the four-legged experts on whether North Carolina's winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

The state Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh sought the view of guest groundhog Sir Walter Wally on Monday. He was held up to the ear of Mayor Charles Meeker, who interpreted a prediction for a longer winter.

This year was the first for the underground oracle nicknamed Mortimer, who lives with an Orange County rescue group. Last year's veteran groundhog was retired.

But on the home turf of pork barbecue, a potbellied pig in Lexington named L'il Bit snorted a prediction translated as predicting an early spring. Lexington calls its event "GroundHawg's Day" for its porcine predictor.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jay Location: New Bern on Feb 3, 2009 at 02:10 AM
    Washington state is another place you can snow ski in the morning and water ski in the afternoon.....about a 2 hour drive from on to the other.
  • by "T" Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    NC is the only state I know of where you can snow ski in the morning and water ski in the afternoon.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 2, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    What's next, Groundhog walkin down Times Square, Bourbon Street, or South Beach presicting the weather?
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 2, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    Sorry, but rednecks cant make up a holiday. Its GROUNDHOGS day and lets just let it stand at that. Not a pig.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Feb 2, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    In NC both are right. They will have a spring day one day, then a winter day the next.
  • by Geez on Feb 2, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    Thanks for putting a little humor on this site!
  • by John Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

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