Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Will groundhog give good news for winter sufferers?

Will groundhog give good news for winter sufferers?

But predicting the weather - that's my song.

According to lore, that means an early spring is expected this year.

Staten Island Chuck is getting all the attention for his early spring forecast, but the furry creature's new congressman had the most to say Saturday morning during the borough's annual Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo.

The first observance of groundhog day was in Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, and this is still where the largest celebrations are held today (and is where the famous film is set). For centuries, the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. The news arrived on Saturday, which marks Groundhog Day in 2019. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter, and the weather that day was important.

Right around 7:10 a.m., things really started to get serious, as Phil's Inner Circle parted the crowds and made their way toward the stage.

First, Groundhog Day, the classic comedy from Bill Murray, is getting an official sequel.

Other towns have their own groundhog mascots as well, including Birmingham Bill in Alabama and Staten Island Chuck in NY.

Why's The Groundhog In The Ground Anyway? During this time, their heartbeats slow down, their body temperatures drop and they lose roughly 30 percent of their body fat.

Since the entire holiday hinges on a pudgy rodent's weather predictions, it's natural to question how often Punxsutawney Phil is actually correct.

In the Scenic City, Chattanooga Chuck saw his shadow, meaning he is predicting six more weeks of winter. His predictions were wrong in both 2017 and 2018.

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