Chuckles the Groundhog Says 6 More Weeks of Winter

Connecticut Chuckles VIII, newly sworn in as the state groundhog, saw her shadow Saturday morning at the Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester, portending a late spring for the state.

Bundle up, Connecticut. It looks like six more weeks of winter before spring wraps its warm embrace upon the state.

It wasn't the answer the dozens of children and other onlookers who gathered before dawn Saturday at the Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester wanted. But when Connecticut Chuckles VIII, the newly sworn-in state groundhog, poked her head out of her hole and saw her shadow ... well, what's a human to do but reluctantly put on his heavy coat and leather gloves and hope for the best.

This was Chuckles VIII's first time making the much-awaited annual pronouncement, as Connecticut Chuckles VII tragically passed away early last year just after making her 2012 prediction.

Meanwhile, over in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil is scheduled to give us his prediction this morning. Which groundhog will turn out to be more accurate? Only time will tell.

Patch's "P! News" was at the event and will file an exclusive video report later Saturday.

Do you agree with Chuckles VIII that winter will continue for six more weeks? Tell us in the comments!

Jlov76 February 02, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Unfortunate that I get this story as "breaking news" in my email inbox. I love the Patch for the local news I need and I take it seriously when there truly is breaking news pertaining to schools, accidents, emergencies etc... Please don't put stuff like this in as breaking news on your website or as an email!!! Thank you
Nutmegger February 02, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Of course I agree with Chuckles...how can I disagree? I'm not a famed meteorologist groundhog. She knows what's up.
CHARLES SHEEN February 02, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I have to agree with Chuckles. But tell me more about the snow...
PinkPantherMama February 02, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Chuckles rocks! This is definitely breaking news! Lighten up and let your love flow. Enjoy the whimsy.
tina bourke February 02, 2013 at 01:23 PM
I'm glad its here. The story of this little guy coming back from sickness and being rescued is cute. The Lutz Jr. Museum is great for kids and families who are on a budget too. Or at least it was when I was growing up.
Nutmegger February 02, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Is a Groundhog Day Grinch a Grounch? I didn't know such a thing could exist, but I guess so. Happy Groundhog Day?
Jeighlyn February 02, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Stick with Punxsy Phil....the one...the only Groundhog!!! No Shadow...Early Spring!!
Lisa G February 02, 2013 at 01:40 PM
When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter. ~Bill Murray, Groundhog Day
Laura Sorensen February 02, 2013 at 02:21 PM
I agree with the first comment...this is informative but no Breaking News! Lately the past few "breaking news" e-mails haven't been anything close to an emergency or anything you would need to know immediately. It's almost to the point where I don't look at these e-mails right away b/c it's prob nothing that important. I have the patch on my phone for Groundhog day type info but depend on the Breaking News to keep me informed for school, weather and accidents in town etc....
Jlov76 February 02, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Not questioning the story or the content itself at all. Just questioning the need for a "breaking" email of folklore and whimsy that would normally contain community info regarding an emergency etc.. Wouldn't want to ignore future "breaking" emails of a robbery in the neighborhood informing residents to be aware of someone on the loose, which I've seen in the past. Happy Groundhog Day all!!!
Jeighlyn February 02, 2013 at 02:28 PM
JUST ENJOY the GOOD BREAKING NEWS!!!! Not everything has to be horrible news...it's breaking news...Ummm Good and Bad!! Thank you "PATCH" for the updates...Job well done!
kathy chiappetta February 02, 2013 at 02:59 PM
If you have the time to compose a comment, you have time to hit delete or go on to something else.
Jlov76 February 02, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Not the point
Betty February 02, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Thanks for the update, I will brace myself for more cold.
Jane February 02, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I agree that it was not breaking news but it was an interesting little article. .
janet February 02, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Thanks for sharing another birthday with me chuckles officially a senior today..a young senior too! 65! Right or wrong ur so......cute..luv ya!!
POODETWA February 02, 2013 at 06:21 PM
POODETWA February 02, 2013 at 06:22 PM
i agree.
POODETWA February 02, 2013 at 06:24 PM
stop whining---- school emergencies in the suburbs are all too frequent.
kathy chiappetta February 02, 2013 at 06:52 PM
One click gives you the headline and you can go onto something else. I subscribe to Eyewitness news for Alerts, but many times you get very little information or they say, "tune in at 5:00". At least with the Patch you get what news there is without being teased about tuning in later. "Murder in Whoville, tune in at 5:00!!"
kathy chiappetta February 02, 2013 at 06:54 PM
By the way, it is NOT 78 degrees outside!!
Gerry Guay February 02, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I believe that "Breaking News" means that something is happening right now and not necessarily that it has an Alert or Warning or Bad News. And I agree with Chucky's prognostication, but time will tell for sure and in six weeks we won't remember what the forecast was, Winter or Spring.
kathy chiappetta February 02, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Maybe folks are confusing the word "Alert" with "Alarm". I consider "Alert" as a warning or a sharing of information.
Dani White February 02, 2013 at 08:40 PM
this is all true
Dani White February 02, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Weather details http://weather.com-ll.pl/nbc/connecticut-weather-7-days , but where is this breaking information ?
Laura Sorensen February 02, 2013 at 09:17 PM
When I signed up to receive Simsbury Patch via e-mail it was a great way to receive information about our community, our state, country etc...and I loved being up to date with the day to day stuff. Then within weeks I noticed I was also receiving Breaking News alerts that were different from the normal patch news. I was thrilled to be able to get instant notification of things that were important to me and my community. Possible child abduction, early dismissal due to weather, school delays, bad accident to avoid on Hopmeadow etc....and it was great to be informed so quickly wether I was home, at work or running errands. I would open the breaking news e-mails right away b/c it was something to know asap. It could help someone look out for a suspicious vehicle, bear in the area, or give parents a heads up on picking their kids up for an early dismissal....I love the cute stories too but what does the Patch and it's readers consider "breaking news" If you over use the term "breaking news" it could be ignored and that's not good!
CTdad February 02, 2013 at 10:33 PM
perhaps making it "breaking" news was done ironically?
Edie February 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Stop complaining, this has been going on for a long time and is a lot of fun for the children and adults in Manchester. Plus it's also a lot nicer than getting news about accidents and emergencies all the time the news can be so depressing.
gerald gergler February 03, 2013 at 02:33 PM
we will call it ground breaking news


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