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Weather Blog: Forget Phil, Alamo the longhorn says no more winter!

Weather Blog: Forget Phil, Alamo the longhorn says no more winter!

Credit: Gene Norman / 11 News

11 News Chief Meteorologist Gene Norman poses with Alamo.

by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 2 at 1:27 PM

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum was on the hunt for a native Texas animal to help with the traditional Groundhog Day prediction of the end of winter, so they asked Houstonians for help.

The museum solicited votes on their Web site, and after all the votes were tallied, Alamo the longhorn won!

He beat out a nine-banded armadillo, a horned toad, a Houston toad, a black-tailed jackrabbit and a Texas tortoise for the job.

On Thursday , Alamo didn’t see his shadow, which means winter is over.  That's the opposite of famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil's prediction -- Phil saw his shadow Thursday morning in Pennsylvania.

In honor of Alamo’s big victory, anyone who can name the official Groundhog Day forecaster will get free admission to the weather museum on Saturdays in February.

Happy Groundhog Day!

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