The reports were unanimous.
From Puddle Duck Creek to the Refton Shale Belt, squads from the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge reported woodchucks peered from their holes just after dawn on Saturday, saw their shadows, and retreated back underground to sleep through six more weeks of winter.
The reports and the official prognostication were delivered on the lodge grounds in White Rock, Colerain Township, shortly before 9 a.m. on February 2.
There will be dueling bands at this year's Groundhog Day celebration.
In addition to the lodge's marching band, members of a country band will also perform.
"A couple of members went to the board and said they were willing to sponsor the band if we would agree and we did," said Rick Rankin, the lodge's Hibernating Governor.
Winter’s on its way out.
Followers of Octoraro Orphie made the prediction official during annual Groundhog Day ceremonies on Tuesday, February 2.
Squads from the Refton Shale Belt to Puddle Duck Creek reported that groundhogs appeared earlier that morning and did not see their shadows. That, according to folklore, means winter’s nearly over. If the groundhogs had seen their shadows, winter would hang around.
By 9:30 Tuesday morning, February 2, members of the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge will know how much longer winter will last.
Late last week, the short-term forecast was more of an issue.
Thursday morning, lodge leaders decided to reschedule their annual banquet, set for Saturday night, January 23.