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Groundhog Day Across the Country



Groundhog Day Across the Country

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.67

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     challenging words:    Punxsutawney, fundraising, predict, celebration, early, nation, official, prediction, include, distinction, same, being, year, area, town, also
     content words:    Punxsutawney Phil, Dunkirk Dave, Shubenacadie Sam, Wiarton Willie, General Beauregard Lee, Staten Island Chuck, Balzac Billy, Prairie Prognosticator, Beauregard Lee, Yellow River Game Ranch


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Groundhog Day Across the Country
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Punxsutawney Phil is not the only groundhog that can predict the weather. Other weather predicting groundhogs include Dunkirk Dave, Shubenacadie Sam, Wiarton Willie, General Beauregard Lee, Peewee the Woodchuck, and Staten Island Chuck.
 
2     Balzac Billy, also known as the Prairie Prognosticator, lives in a town called Balzac in Alberta, Canada. A groundhog named General Beauregard Lee makes his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn, Georgia. General Lee has the distinction of being the first groundhog in the nation to make his prediction on Twitter.
 
3     The Staten Island Zoo in New York City is home to groundhog Staten Island Chuck. He appears each year bright and early on February 2nd to make his prediction, followed by a hearty fundraising breakfast with Chuck as the honored guest.

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