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THE GROUNDHOG SAYS...SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER

Nibbles is seen at the WNC Nature Center with Nature Center education curator Keith Mastin.

  PREDICTION COURTESY OF NIBBLES AT THE WNC NATURE CENTER

Forecasters had been caling for cloudy skies for days...but on Groundhog Day, the sun came out...

Though Sunday's weather was refreshingly balmy, it’s not going to last.

That’s according to Nibbles, the WNC Nature Center’s furry forecaster.

In a Groundhog Day ceremony this afternoon at the Nature Center, the 8-year-old female groundhog disappointed many in attendance – though not all – by predicting six more weeks of winter weather.

Among the disappointed was Clara Rodriguez, 9, of Asheville, who said she was tired of cold weather. She attended with her 7-year-old brother, Gabriel, and their mother, Carrie Rodriguez.

“It’s cold and nippy,” Clara Rodriguez said. “I’m more of a hot person than a cold person.”

But she said she had no doubt Nibble’s prediction would hold true.

“It’s just what I’ve been believing my whole life,” Clara said.

Though cloudy skies prevented Nibbles from seeing her shadow, which was supposed to foretell an early spring, WLOS-News 13 chief meteorologist Jason Boyer, this year’s groundhog “whisperer,” or interpreter, said Nibbles nevertheless was predicting a prolonged winter. He said the use of a shadow was an old-fashioned prediction tool and that Nibbles used more modern, scientific methods including considering global climate patterns.

Nibbles’ forecast was in line with her famous Pennsylvania cousin, Punxsutawney Phil, who earlier today also predicted six more weeks of winter.

FROM THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES

 

 




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