Concord Charlie to Make Weather Prediction On Groundhog Day

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 03 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312 -

Concord Charlie to Make Weather Prediction On Groundhog Day

ATHENS - Concord University’s 33rd Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at 8 a.m. on the Athens campus.

The yearly gathering of food, fellowship and folklore features a weather prediction by Concord Charlie and the opportunity to honor the 2011 recipient of the title Grand Groundhog Watcher.

The Concord Charlie tradition was originated in 1978 by the late Professor R.T. “Tom” Hill. As chairman of both the geography department and the Appalachian Studies program at Concord, Hill started the Groundhog Day Breakfast as a means to celebrate a bit of Appalachian heritage and highlight the program.

According to Groundhog Day tradition, if Concord Charlie sees his shadow the morning of Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter can be expected. An early spring will be on the way if he doesn’t see his shadow.

The famed groundhog weather prophet has a standing appointment with Concord University’s President each year to offer his predictions and insights on the duration of winter. The President relays Charlie’s forecast to the breakfast guests.

The Grand Groundhog Watcher honor is bestowed on an individual who has positively impacted life and culture in West Virginia. This year’s recipient will be announced at a later date.

Reservations for the breakfast are requested and may be made by contacting the Concord University Advancement Office at or (304) 384-6311.