Marion, Ohio (February 2, 2024) – Spring lovers in Ohio rejoiced this morning as Marion’s iconic groundhog, Buckeye Chuck, emerged from his burrow and didn’t see his shadow. Following tradition, this signifies an early spring for the Buckeye State!
Just like his Pennsylvania counterpart, Punxsutawney Phil, who also predicted an early spring earlier today, Buckeye Chuck has faithfully fulfilled his weather-forecasting duties since 1979. Every February 2nd, he visits WMRN AM radio station in Marion, where his shadow (or lack thereof) dictates the fate of winter’s grip.
While the accuracy of groundhog predictions remains a debate, the tradition holds a special place in American folklore, drawing crowds and media attention each year. For Ohioans, Buckeye Chuck’s prediction offers a hopeful glimpse of warm days and blooming flowers just around the corner.
Whether his prognostication proves true or not, one thing remains certain: the sight of Buckeye Chuck emerging from his burrow marks the unofficial start of spring for many Ohioans, bringing a touch of cheer and a renewed sense of optimism for the season ahead.