Long Island Groundhog Sees Shadow, Staten Island Groundhog Does Not

Insofar as me and my shadow are concerned, we’re not on speaking terms these days.

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MALVERNE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Groundhogs in the Tri-State Area Saturday did not agree on whether there would be six more weeks of winter.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported and WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, groundhog Staten Island Chuck had good news Saturday for those who are weary of winter, but groundhog Malverne Mel on Long Island said the area might as well get used to more wintry weather to come.

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It was about 19 degrees on Staten Island Saturday morning, when Chuck made the prediction. He did not see his shadow, and lore has it that that means an early spring.

Jordan Hafizi, 13, thought it was great news.

“Chuck is great. He made a spring prediction. After the Superstorm Sandy, it’s great. It was fantastic,” Jordan said. “He didn’t bite (City Council Speaker)…

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Frozen Vestige

Out on that enchanted bit of suburbia known as Staten Island, a sagacious groundhog peacefully resides. Appropriately named Staten Island Chuck, NYC’s in-house weather forecaster, tomorrow is his big day; once again he’ll be called into service to do his winter long-winter short prognosticating thing. Crowds will be on hand at the Staten Island Zoo at 6:30 a.m., along with Mayor Bloomberg and various other dignitaries, to witness if the oracular Chuck sees his shadow.

However, owing to the approaching ice storm that’s soon to hit here (a storm of “monstrous” proportions, according to more technically-equipped weather pundits), Chuck’s much ballyhooed, shadowy writing on the wall might very well be a shadowy whiteout. In fact, the mayor, the crowds, the dignitaries, and especially Chuck, would be much better off staying in bed; it’s almost a certainty that neither man nor beast will see much of anything tomorrow morning, except for what we’ve been seeing for the past five weeks.

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UPDATE (2/2/2011): Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, etc, kept Staten Island Chuck from fulfilling his appointed task.  He did emerge from his icy hole after all; what’s more, he didn’t see his shadow: an early spring is on the way.

Our intrepid Mayor Bloomberg (who, say what you will, usually turns out to be a sport), joyously announced to the assemblage at this morning’s event:

“No shadow, no shadow,” Bloomberg said, donning the infamous thick leather gloves he began wearing ever since Chuck, formally known as Charles G. Hogg, chomped on his finger two Groundhog Days ago. “Spring is coming!”

As for myself, I was fast asleep at the time.

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