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Video: Michigan's Official Groundhog Predicts Early Spring

More than 50 people attended the Groundhog Day Celebration at the Howell Nature Center.

Woody, Michigan's Official Groundhog, braved the brisk air early this morning at the Howell Nature Center to make her Groundhog Day prediction.

Woody, unlike her chief rival , admits when she errs – which has only been four times. According to Howell Nature Center Director Dana DeBenham, she has correctly made 9 out of 13 predictions.

This year, Woody's prediction of an early spring was met with cheering from the more than 50 people gathered at the nature center.

An early spring is predicted when Woody stays outside her den for 30 seconds or more.

Woody came to live at the center when she was less than a year old after a local farmer shot her mother, DeBenham said, and has been making Groundhog Day predictions ever since.

Jenny Whalen February 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Personally, I'm thrilled at the aspect of "skipping" over winter. Does anyone out there actually want winter to come?
What Up Western? February 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I would love for winter to come! We need a snow day asap!!
Connie Cuellar February 03, 2012 at 11:14 AM
I love the clear roads but would enjoy going sledding at least once!
Jane Pfenning Potee February 03, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I'm with Woody, she's a keeper! What does Phil (PA) know?
Keith Peters February 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Have we even had winter yet? Bring on the snow!
James Coller February 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I think spring has already arrived!

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