Dissension in the Groundhog Ranks

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg headed to the Staten Island Zoo this morning to see if Chuck the Groundhog would predict more winter once again.

"Now for the prediction," the mayor said, "No shadow! Ooooh, no shadow!"

A camera-shy Chuck did not see his shadow, and so goes the saying that Spring is coming soon. Last year the groundhog bit the mayor's hand during the festivities.

But not all groundhogs are seeing eye to eye about the weather forecast this year.

The Associated Press is reporting that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning before chilly revelers in Pennsylvania, meaning winter will last another six weeks.

German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on February 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

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