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Groundhogs see shadows, predict six more weeks of winter

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr

Get ready to bundle up because winter is here to stay, according to the nation’s two most famous groundhogs.

Both Charles G. Hogg, also known as “Staten Island Chuck,” and Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil saw their shadows Sunday morning predicting six more weeks of cold weather.

Photo courtesy of Punxsutawney Phil’s Facebook Page

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James celebrated in Staten Island for the city’s Groundhog Day celebrations.

De Blasio did not get a warm response from the audience when he said Staten Island Chuck “likes the polar vortex” after the prediction was made.

He also did not receive a friendly response from Chuck, who de Blasio dropped as he was trying to hold him during the ceremony.

It wasn’t the first time the groundhog had an awkward encounter with a New York City mayor. In 2009, he bit then-mayor Michael Bloomberg’s finger.



Staten Island Chuck predicts an early spring

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Mayor Bloomberg's office

An early spring is on its way, though with the winter’s warm weather residents may not notice a difference.

Awoken by chants of “Chuck,” New York’s season predicting groundhog, Staten Island Chuck, emerged from his log cabin at 7:30 a.m. this morning without seeing his shadow — signaling an early spring.

“Six more weeks of sun and warm weather,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Chuck predicted. “And a Giant win.  Go Giants.”

Charles G. Hogg — Chuck’s full name — has predicted an early spring each of the past five years from his residence at the Staten Island Zoo.

The prediction of an early spring comes during one of the warmest winters on record — showing the sharpness of Chuck’s meteorological moxie.

Chuck’s fellow famed forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.