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Saying goodbye to Phil's forecasting cousin

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Posted: Apr 23, 2014 9:49 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
Updated: Apr 23, 2014 9:49 AM
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Topics: weather, forecasting, llama, groundhog day

Punxsutawney Phil has one less furry forecasting friend after Oxford Michigan's own "Tutor the llama" passed away on April 3.

The four-legged forecaster passed in his sleep on Windstar Farm at the age of 9.

Tutor began offering a long-term prediction for Oxford residents in 2010 replacing, Prozac or "Zac the llama." He served from 2002-2009 after Noah the groundhog passed.

Like Punxsutawney Phil, Tutor has had his ups and downs with an accurate estimation of an early spring in 2010 and followed by a miss in 2011. In his final forecast this year, Tutor called for an early spring, counter to what Phil predicted, and a clear miss.

According to wunderground.com, Tutor's owners, Mark and Beth Harries are unsure if whether or not they will name a successor.

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