But Punxsutawney Phil in western Pennsylvania predicts six more weeks of winter. who will be right?
Groundhog Day 2017: Did Staten Island Chuck see his shadow?
NIKKI M. MASCALI
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Looks like New York can expect an early spring, according to New York City’s official groundhog meteorologist.
Staten Island Chuck made his 2017 weather prediction live from the Staten Island Zoo Thursday morning, a tradition since 1981.
Chuck, however, is not in agreement with Punxatawney Phil, who has been predicting since 1886 in Pennsylvania. Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means six more weeks of winter, the legend says.
CHUCK VS NYC MAYORS
Fear not, animal activists: Chuck was in the hands of Public Advocate Letitia James, not Mayor Bill de Blasio, who skipped the ceremony for the second year in a row.
The mayor caused an infamous firestorm of outrage after he dropped Chuck’s stand-in, his granddaughter, Charlotte, in 2014 when she tried to crawl up his arm.
Days later, Charlotte died from “acute internal injuries,” the New York Post reported, though the zoo denied de Blasio played a part in her death.
“New Yorkers should be pleased to know that Chuck will be in safe and steady hands,” James said in a statement before the event.
City mayors have not had a good track record with Chuck. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not attend the ceremony five times during his 12 years in office.
One time that he did, in 2009, the rodent bit him, perhaps to let him know what he though of his absences? According to the Post, Bloomberg called Chuck a “little son of a bitch” after the bite heard ’round the city.
How Accurate Is The Groundhog Day’s Forecast Of Spring’s Arrival?
Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2017 by eNature
Since a groundhog sleeps through the entire winter, the reasoning is that the winter must be ending if he’s willing to stay out and about once he or she has been awakened on February 2nd.
Thursday is Groundhog Day and groundhogs are receiving A LOT of media attention. And Punxsutawney Phil is preparing to deliver his forecast early that morning.
We’ve received a number of inquiries about this furry, kind-of-cute rodent from readers.Groundhogs clearly aren’t related to pigs or hogs—so what exactly are they?
The groundhog (also known as a woodchuck or Eastern Marmot) is actually a large, ground-dwelling rodent and is part of family of ground squirrels known as marmots.
Groundhogs are lowland creatures and are common in the northeastern and central United States, found as far north as eastern Alaska and south as the northern half of Alabama.
A dead loon found along a winter beach in New York Harbor, bits of plastic were found in the gizzard.
"When plastic ingestion occurs, it blocks the digestive tract, gets lodged in animals windpipes cutting airflow causing suffocation, or fills the stomach, resulting in malnutrition, starvation and potentially death. Indeed, it is found that debris often accumulates in the animals’ gut and give a false sense of fullness, causing the animal to stop eating and slowly starve to death.” - from the article, Marine debris threaten to suffocate sea animals
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MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT NY HARBOR
1. Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day
2.Heartbeats in the Muck by John Waldman
3. The Fisheries of Raritan Bay by Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr.
4. Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate
5. The Bottom of the Harbor by Joseph Mitchell