NOAA’s October predictions for America’s winter included colder and wetter than normal conditions for the Southeast, mild weather in the West and warmer weather in the Midwest and Northeast.
Traditionally, the city’s mayor attends the festivities at the Staten Island Zoo and reveals whether or not Chuck sees his shadow.
The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he “predicted” an early spring. Depends on who you ask.
According to records dating back to 1887, Phil has predicted an extended winter 102 times, but only 18 times has he predicted an early spring.
Phil’s fans cheered as Phil’s handlers helped Phil from his home. They claim that the legendary groundhog has never been wrong!
Even better: Staten Island Chuck, whose accuracy rate – 80 percent – crushes those of Wally and Phil. If there are more days above 40° F, it is considered an early spring.
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Early Tuesday morning, several men in top hats gathered to hold up a confused groundhog. It is uncertain how a groundhog got the role of predicting weather but Phil has been participating in Groundhog Day since 1886 and about 40 other Phil’s by our count. The 129-year-old has been kept alive by a special magic potion!
Milltown Mel 2.0 emerged for the first time at the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Middlesex County with some bad news: six more weeks of winter.
Groundhogs also called woodchucks, land beavers or whistle pigs are the largest members of the squirrel family. That makes this year, “Phil’s 130th prognostication”, the club says.