Today the nation celebrates ground hog day to see if we will be getting another few weeks of cold weather or enter into spring.
Our very own Matt Madigan takes us to the nature center and has our official prediction.
Families and community members across the
We had a chance to sit down with Kat Bunker, the center's naturalist, to find out how west
"Well, we just don't have groundhogs here in
So on the second day of every February, by which point most of the country has suffered through several weeks of frigid winds and freezing nights, a rodent and their shadow are all that stands between us and the warming relief of spring.
"If a groundhog sees his shadow it's 6 more weeks of winter. So, during today's event, we will be taking out Emmy, our beloved prairie dog, and she's going to see her shadow, hopefully, if we want it to stay cool. It's going to be an awesome experience. This is our second time doing this."
As the crowd worked its way toward the stage to find out this winter's fate, Allison Hinton, a volunteer at the nature center, had a few reservations prior to Emmy's unveiling.
"I am very excited. Also, very nervous because i am very close to our prairie dog, and she's practically a little furry daughter. So, I'm just hoping everything goes well."
With the sun shining brightly through a few clouds draped across the sky, Emmy the black tailed prairie dog was summoned by the master of ceremonies to determine our weather for the next several weeks. After conferring briefly with Michael Price, the nature center's director, I was called on to relay her forecast to the crowd.
"Many a shadow do I see! Six more weeks of winter, there must be! **boooooo**"
In the end, this all may be good news after all. Despite a cold finish to December and a chilly start to January, this winter, like many west