- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MARION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Handlers of Woody the Woodchuck, billed as Michigan’s official groundhog, say she’s predicting six more weeks of winter.

They say that if she emerges from her house at the Howell Conference and Nature Center and stays out for 30 seconds or longer she is indicating an early spring; if she doesn’t come out or runs back into her house before the 30 seconds are up, she is forecasting six more weeks of winter.

On Tuesday, which is Groundhog Day, she didn’t come out of her house during an event at the nature center in Livingston County’s Marion Township.

Last year, Woody was recovering from a respiratory infection and sat out the annual event as another Michigan groundhog made the not-so-scientific forecast for how long winter might last.

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Online:

http://www.howellnaturecenter.org

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