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It’s Groundhog Day—Will Our Local Groundhogs Predict More Winter?

We’re cold, we’re tired and worried sick about the flu. Will we finally get the spring weather we deserve?


Courtesy of Punxsutawney Phil Facebook page


Drum roll please...this morning, Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s infamous groundhog, saw his shadow. At 7:25 am this morning, he predicted NJ residents will have six more weeks of winter. (Cue the groans.)

That’s right, you can keep the flannel sheets out. Phil has seen his shadow more than 100 times (the seasonal prediction has been around for 132 years) and since 1988, Phil has predicted the weather correctly 14 times and wrong 16 times. Nope, we’re not impressed and hoping spring manages to show up sooner than projected.

But what did our local groundhogs predict?

Staten Island’s groundhog Chuck made a contradictory prediction this morning when he didn’t see his shadow. The zoo claims Chuck has a near 80 percent accuracy rate when it comes to predicting seasonal changes.

The Turtle Back Zoo’s Essex Ed, like Chuck, didn't see his shadow and predicts warmer weather in the future. (He also predicted a Patriots win for Super Bowl LII.)

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