Punxsutawney Phil Casts Groundhog Day Prediction

February 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Groundhog Day Forecast From Famous Rodent

Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous mascot of Groundhog Day, has made his official prediction. After emerging from his burrow in the time-honored tradition, Mr. Phil saw his own shadow, signifying that New York has six more weeks of winter.

However—not so fast Punxsutawney—a challenger has appeared!

Charles G. Hogg, “Staten Island Chuck” to his fans, has cast a counter-prediction. Is a rumble inevitable?

Syracuse.com reports:

Did the groundhog see his shadow? It depends on who you ask.

Since the month of January was one of the warmest in Syracuse’s history this year, many Central New Yorkers expected Groundhog’s Day 2012 would bring news of an early spring.

As fate would have it, the world’s most famous weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his hole at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania and declared that he did see his shadow this February 2nd. Since Phil saw his shadow, we’re supposedly expecting six more weeks of winter.

But Charles G. Hogg, the furry prognosticator at Staten Island Zoo better known as Staten Island Chuck, disagreed with the star of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand at a ceremony Thursday morning where Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. The New York groundhog indicated that milder weather is likely to be with us until March 20, the calendar start of spring.

Bloomberg survived this year’s event unscathed. In 2009, Chuck took a nibble out of the mayor’s hand, forcing Bloomberg to wash a finger and put on a bandage.

According to CBS, Chuck has accurately predicted the forecast 80 percent of the time since the 1980s (though he hasn’t been around as long as Phil’s 125 years).

Another rodent that disagreed with Phil’s extended winter is Georgia’s most famous groundhog, General Beauregard Lee. He did not see his shadow at Gwinnett County’s Yellow River Game Ranch, indicating that Atlanta and the surrounding area would see an early spring.

Ohio’s Buckeye Chuck also failed to see a shadow – it seems Punxsutawney Phil may be the only groundhog who’s predicting six more weeks of winter.

If you ask Bill Murray, of course, he’d probably quote a more negative forecast after reliving Groundhog’s Day over and over again in the Harold Ramis movie of the same name. “I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life,” his hilariously tortured character Phil Conners said.

What do you think—which groundhog made the right call?

“May all our dreams and desires unfold and may we be prepared to step into all we deserve.” – Claire ext. 5242

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  1. Quinn ext.5484
    -quinn ext.5484 February 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    such a good article. i celebrated one of my friends birthdays yesterday… he is not a groundhog but he was born on 2-2.
    so it sounds like we had a celebration to party for.

    more winter – so far hasn’t been to bad. just keep praying to the weather gods to keep it safe and reasonable.


  2. Peyton x5312 February 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Cute article. One of my Scotties is named Phil. He was born on Feb. 02. He says he could give a groundhog if we have 6 more weeks of winter. Just as long as he gets to go outside for his daily walks, Rain, snow or shine. Its all good!!

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