Staten Island Chuck ‘predicts’ early spring, Punxsutawney Phil agrees

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — Neither Staten Island Chuck nor Punxsutawney Phil saw their shadows Tuesday, "predicting" that we'll have early spring-like weather instead of suffering through the end of winter.

At the Staten Island Zoo, students and city officials watched eagerly as Chuck emerged from his den to reveal his "prediction." While in Pennsylvania, members of Phil's top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "forecast" at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last an additional six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil's "prediction" is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob. The tiny hill is located just outside the town of Punxsutawney, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Records going back to 1887 have Phil forecasting more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 17 times. There are no records for the remaining years.