CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Groundhog Day means Punxsutawney Phil isn't our only furry forecaster today. Chattanooga Chuck, from the Tennessee Aquarium, has given his prediction for more winter weather.

Chattanooga Chuck, the resident rodent forecaster, came out of his hole Tuesday to give us a glimpse of how much winter is left.

Chuck's handlers provided Eyewitness News with this statement.


Predicting the weather is said to be a groundhog's calling,

but other animals may know when the barometer's falling.

Before causing spring fever or winter delirium,

I checked with my pals at the Tennessee Aquarium.

The catfish had unusually thick belly skin,

a sign of cold winter to a woodchuck's chagrin.

The sharks were all smiles and seemed to behave,

It's said they go to sea before a cold wave.

Hundreds of butterflies thought my plight was quite funny.

"Silly groundhog," they said. "Who avoids weather that's sunny?"

"Today I do," I began to exclaim.

"If I see my shadow – I'll get the blame."

No one wants six more weeks of what we've just had.

Except for the penguins who would be perfectly glad.

Just then my heart got a gigantic boost,

my amphibian friends were awake on their roost.

The Aquarium's tree frogs were loudly calling galore,

old proverbs say that means weather changes in store.

Croak three times and I'll know winter has broken.

Once, twice and that's all that was spoken.

Macaws like to talk, but they couldn't say,

If spring would arrive or winter would stay.

So I climbed on my perch of old hickory log,

and chuckled at the sight of a large prairie dog.

He looked mighty big staring at me from below,

No pup looking up - it must be my shadow!

I'll stay warm if Old Man Winter won't give in to defeat,

enjoying six more weeks of shut-eye in my underground retreat.


Because Chattanooga Chuck did see his shadow, we should expect 6 more weeks. 

In Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow nor did General Beauregard Lee of Georgia.

Last year, Chattanooga Chuck hit the nail on the head with his forecast for more winter.