Mortimer Groundhog from White Deer Park, Garner. Mortimer is one of many groundhogs
that practiced their prognostication skills this week.
Update: Groundhog Day events were a hit across the state this year! The final North Carolina groundhog tally had three predicting early Spring and only two predicting six more weeks of winter! Of course, we use modern technology now to predict weather and climate trends, but Groundhog Day serves as a great teachable moment to learn more about folklore, animal behavior, weather and climate.
Here are the results by city:
Nibbles (Asheville): Spring
Mortimer (Garner): Spring
Woody (Greensboro): Spring
Sir Walter Wally (Raleigh): Winter
Queen Charlotte: Winter
If we've missed any other NC prognosticating woodchucks, land beavers or wistlepigs, let us know.
(See the EE Calendar for some of the major events that were offered during the week)