Happy Groundhog Day everybody. While the nation’s most famous groundhog, Puxatawney Phil is predicting an early spring this year, Connecticut’s own Chuckles VIII begs to differ after seeing her shadow upon emerging from her hole at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, and is advising everyone to stay bundled up for six more weeks of winter.
While nobody can say for sure which furry forecaster is right, Staten Island Chuck (who has a 80% success rate) is siding with Phil this year. Phil, by the way has only been right about 40% of the time.
“He didn’t equivocate at all as a prognosticator,” commented City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who stood in for Mayor Bloomberg at this year’s ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo. “He was clear that it was going to be spring early, and did not try to take a bite out of anyone.”
Chuck did take a chunk out of Bloomberg back in 2009.
However, both of Long Island’s famous groundhogs, Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal are in accord with Chuckles after they each saw their own shadows, and are recommending that everyone keep their snow shovels handy with a 50/50 chance of at least a few inches of the white stuff expected to fall in the northeast this weekend.