The Virginia Living Museum groundhog is the official groundhog forecasting weather for Hampton Roads – and he needs a name.
Should he be called Chesapeake Chuck, Colonial Clyde, or Tidewater Ted?
Marketing Manager Judy Triska said names were chosen that will give the groundhog a local identity. Chesapeake Chuck is based on the Chesapeake Bay and the fact that groundhogs are also known as woodchucks. Colonial Clyde reflects the area’s history and the groundhog’s home on J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
The winning name will be announced during a short ceremony at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 in the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil to see if the museum’s groundhog sees his shadow.
Tradition says if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. Last year, officials say the groundhog saw his shadow, correctly predicting six more weeks of winter.