NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – If you’ve been wondering where winter has been, what with the warm weather and all, wonder no more – it won’t be around for long, anyway.
Staten Island Chuck, the resident rodent prognosticator of the five boroughs, says spring is coming early. Chuck did not see his shadow.READ MORE: Gov. Kathy Hochul Increases Pressure On COVID Vaccine Holdouts As Deadline For Health Care Workers Approaches
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand for the prediction. Bloomberg wore thick gloves while handling him, most likely in an effort to avoid the wrath of Chuck, who took chunk out of Bloomberg’s finger in 2009.
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However, Chuck’s chief competition in rodent forecasting, Punxsutawney Phil, disagrees.READ MORE: Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Department Of Education Workers Put On Hold By Federal Judge
Phil did see his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter.
Prognosticators on Long Island also contradicted each other. Suffolk County’s Holtsville Hal didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring, while Malverne Mel saw his shadow calling for six more weeks of winter.
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The Staten Island Zoo, where Charles G. Hogg makes his burrow, reportedly says Chuck has accurately predicted the forecast some 80 percent of the time since the 1980s.MORE NEWS: Kids Enjoy Nature, Create Works Of Art At Paterson's 10th Annual Art In The Park Event
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