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Stretch of temps in 60s begins Saturday

Winter recap: Southwest Ohio saw a lot of snow through the 2012-2013 season.

On Christmas night in 2012, meteorologists throughout Southwest Ohio were giving warnings to stay inside — snow was going to plaster the region.

That snow fell throughout the morning and day Dec. 26, totaling an average of 7 inches in the Miami Valley.

The Southwest Ohio region saw a large amount of snow throughout the winter season. Similar warnings were given for Feb. 5, when the area received a similar amount of snow.

That was just three days after groundhog Punxatawney Phil’s prediction that Spring weather would arrive early.

As locals have learned by now, Phil was wrong. He was so wrong, in fact, Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser issued an indictment against the little guy on March 21.

He laughed, saying he didn’t care if he had no jurisdiction in Pennsylvania — he said he was going to seek extradition.

Gmoser imposed the death penalty on Punxsutawney Phil for “misrepresentation of early spring.”

The indictment was “cleared” soon after when Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, said the furry prognosticator had actually predicted six more weeks of winter, but he mistakenly announced an early spring because he failed to correctly interpret Phil’s “groundhog-ese.”

“Now it turns out, Punxsutawney Phil is little more than a scapegoat,” Gmoser wrote in the dismissal.

The beginning of April has been cold, but a warm-up is predicted in the days ahead.

“We’re on our way to seven days in a row of temps in the 60s,” Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek said today, April 4. The high today is 54 degrees.

“It’s good to see these temperatures finally coming on.”

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