New York’s Groundhog Success Challenging Punxsutawney Phil
Meteorology is not an easy science. Being a TV weatherperson comes with the acceptance that you are going to be wrong a lot and people are going to criticize you. However, when you are the weather predicting Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, expectations may be a little lighter. That was until now.
"Staten Island Chuck", the Big Apple's fury weather prophet, is boasting an 80% success rate on predicting an early or late spring. According to Thomas Tracy of nydailynews.com, Chuck's handlers claim the highest accuracy rate amongst groundhogs in the country. The accuracy of the claim is being looked into by the 1045theteam.com research department. What did Chuck say about this year?
New York's version of Punxsutawney Phil, who was celebrating his 137th anniversary in nearby Pennsylvania and was memorialized by Bill Murray in the movie "Groundhog Day," slowly walked out of his personal log cabin on Thursday morning and did not see his shadow. Therefore, according to groundhog lore, predicting an early spring, as Chuck has for the last eight years.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams did not attend Staten Island Chuck's ceremony on Thursday. The tradition of mayors attending the event stopped when in 2014, the former bumbling mayor of NYC, Bill DeBlasio, dropped the weather predicting star, resulting in the animal dying from its injuries. New York's Groundhog Day event is held at the Staten Island Zoo. Though celebration was not open to the public, only politicians and invitees, it was the first year since 2020 that the event was not virtual. Let's hope Staten Island Chuck is right again.