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Buckeye Chuck predicts a short winter

MARION — Unlike his more famous Pennsylvania cousin, Ohio's official groundhog is forecasting a shorter winter.

His handlers say Buckeye Chuck failed to see his shadow Tuesday morning in the central Ohio city of Marion, where skies were overcast and snow was falling.

According to legend, no shadow means spring will arrive early.

A few minutes earlier, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil emerged and did see his shadow, providing a prediction that winter will last another six weeks.

The Groundhog Day tradition comes from a German superstition that calls for bad weather if an animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas.

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