From Staten Island Advance: SIlive.com
Groundhog Day 2011: It's an early spring! Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow
Published: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 7:08 AM Updated: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 7:47 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Emerging from his burrow on this gloomy Groundhog Day 2011, Staten Island Chuck, assisted by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has forecast an early end to what has been an incredible winter.
According to folklore, if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day, it will scurry back inside its burrow and winter will continue unabated for six more weeks.
If the groundhog does not see a shadow, winter will begin to recede and the next six weeks -- at which point spring arrives -- will be milder.
Chuck's Pennsylvania rival, Punxsutawney Phil, agrees with the Staten Island rodent's prediction.