groundhog day
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This morning, on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s infamous groundhog, did not see his shadow. At 7:28 am this morning, he predicted NJ residents will not have six more weeks of winter.

That’s right, you can put the flannel sheets away. Phil has seen his shadow more than 100 times (the seasonal prediction has been around for 132 years). But what did our local groundhogs predict?

Staten Island’s groundhog Chuck agreed with Phil 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. Milltown Mel, the resident groundhog at Middlesex County’s American Legion Joyce Kilmer Post confirmed the springtime prediction as well.

The Turtle Back Zoo’s Essex Ed didn’t come out of his hole this year. According to the zoo, the responsibility of this year’s prediction would be passed to the zoo’s Native American Tesal. Not only did he predict six more weeks of winter, he called for a win for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Based on his Super Bowl picks (the Kansas City Chiefs won the game), we think it’s safe to assume he’s having an off year and spring is safely within sight.

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