Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Alton's Groundhog Sees Shadow; More Winter Ahead for Area

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Alton's Groundhog Sees Shadow; More Winter Ahead for Area

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ALTON - It is unquestionably definite, maybe: The St. Louis region is in for six more weeks of winter.

Murray the Groundhog made his annual appearance in downtown Alton on Saturday during a brief sunny spell in an otherwise overcast morning. In front of about 100 delighted onlookers, including a gaggle of area mayors and Illinois state legislators, he saw his shadow.

According to tradition, that means the area will endure a further month and a half of winter.

Or, given Alton's reputation as a prime nesting spot for bald eagles, "six more weeks of eagle-watching," said Rachael Heaton, rehabilitation manager at TreeHouse Wildlife Center, which houses Murray.

America's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, failed to see his shadow Saturday, indicating that western Pennsylvania, at least, will have an early spring. …

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