Groundhog named for Bill Murray: 6 more weeks of winter
Marion Township — A Michigan groundhog named for the actor Bill Murray predicts six more weeks of winter.
Howell Conference and Nature Center officials say Murray — an 8-month-old female — rendered her forecast Monday morning after seeing her shadow. She was standing in for Woody the Woodchuck, the state’s official groundhog recovering from a respiratory infection.
Spokeswoman April Gasbarre says at least a foot of fresh snow was on the ground at the Livingston County center, which made the prediction seem appropriate. Murray stayed in her house, which staff members interpret as a reluctance to emerge and see her shadow.
The not-so-scientific forecast comes after a storm dropped 1½ feet of snow over parts of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
The actor Bill Murray is known for movies including “Groundhog Day.”