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UPDATE: Chuck and Phil both say six more weeks of winter

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Chattanooga Chuck saw his shadow Monday morning at the Tennessee Aquarium. Chattanooga Chuck saw his shadow Monday morning at the Tennessee Aquarium.
In this file photo, official groundhog handler Bill Deeley holds Punxsutawney Phil on February 2, 2006 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Every February 2, people gather at Gobbler's Knob, a wooded knoll just outside of Punxsutawney to watch Punxsutawney Phil In this file photo, official groundhog handler Bill Deeley holds Punxsutawney Phil on February 2, 2006 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Every February 2, people gather at Gobbler's Knob, a wooded knoll just outside of Punxsutawney to watch Punxsutawney Phil

UPDATE: Chattanooga Chuck, the Scenic City's own weather-predicting groundhog "saw" his shadow, meaning we can expect six more weeks of winter if he's right.

Chuck's prediction mirrored that of Punxsutawney Phil, his northern "cousin" in Pennsylvania.

A permanent resident of the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Chattanooga Chuck even has his own Twitter account; you can follow him @ChattNoogaChuck.


(NBC News) - If history is any guide, the handlers of groundhog Punxsutawney Phil likely will forecast six more weeks of winter.

Pennsylvania's famed groundhog is due to emerge from his lair in front of thousands of revelers around dawn Monday.

A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle on Gobbler's Knob, the tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Records going back to 1887 show Phil has predicted more winter 101 times while forecasting an early spring just 17 times. There are no records for the remaining years.

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