Staten Island Chuck doesn't see his shadow, predicting an early spring

February 01, 2019 - 6:05 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Staten Island Chuck did not disappoint his fans Saturday morning, predicting an early spring this year.

The groundhog’s prediction was the same as Punxsutawney Phil, who also didn’t see his shadow this Groundhog Day.

“We’re going to have an early spring, no shadow from Chuck this morning!” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said at Saturday morning’s event.

Chuck stayed in his glass enclosure this year, so he wasn’t dropped and didn’t bite anyone like in previous years.

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Chuck is reportedly accurate at least 78 percent of the time.

“Chuck has it on Phil every day. The numbers don’t like. The accuracy is almost three times higher for Chuck than Phil,” Johnson said.

Word of an early spring was great news for one 10-year-old girl at the event.

“He’s going to make spring come true,” she said. “I hate the winter.”

Warmup
AccuWeather

Even if Chuck had seen his shadow, AccuWeather says the arctic freeze that gripped the city for days is over and giving way to warmer temperatures.

It will warmup to the 30s on Saturday, the 40s on Sunday and the low 50s on Monday, AccuWeather says. It will be partly sunny all three days.

Temps top off in the mid-50s Tuesday before starting a descent on Wednesday amid rain.