Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Will the 'Chonghog' See His Shadow? An Anxious Nation Awaits

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 9:49 AM

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OK, so Punxsutawney Phil was a bust. Why settle for superstition and second-rate "forecasting" when academic research is available?
On February 2, the Film Crew Technology Program at Columbia State will celebrate Groundhog's Day and enter into the weather forecasting arena with their very own Chonghog.  The Chonghog (portrayed by Film Crew student Michael "Chong" Kash) is the FCT Program's version of Punxsutawney Phil. "The Chonghog has powers and abilities we don't fully understand," says FCT Director Read Ridley. "But we feel certain he will prove more accurate than Punxsutawney Phil, who supposedly only has an accuracy rating of 39% according to Wikipedia." On February 2, the Columbia State Chonghog will emerge from his den. If he ventures out and scampers back into his den unharmed, winter will continue for six more weeks. But if he pokes out his head and gets hit by a bottle, spring will come early. What's more, if he gets hit by said bottle and doesn't make it back into his Chonghog Den, then spring begins that day, February 2. "I'm really hoping for Winter," says the Chonghog. Video coverage of the event (and the weather forecasting results) will be available on http://columbiastate.edu/filmcrew at 11 a.m., February 2. Sorry, but the Chonghog likes to sleep in late.

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