Groundhog Day on Long Island
The most popular prognosticator by far is Punxsutawney Phil, who is a local celebrity in his namesake Pennsylvania town and has starred opposite Bill Murray in the movie "Groundhog Day." The list of groundhogs also includes Connecticut Chuckles, General Beauregard Lee of Georgia, Chuck Wood of California, Pierre C. Shadeaux of Louisiana and an albino groundhog named Wiarton Willie who forecasts in Canada. New York City's seer is known as Pothole Pete while Staten Island Chuck calls the shots in that "burrow."
On Long Island, we actually have two predictors. Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal. Will they see their shadows this Groundhog Day? A shadow means six more weeks of winter; while no shadow predicts an early spring. See for yourself at the gazebo in Reese Park in Malverne, near the junction of Hempstead Avenue and Church Street for Mel or at the Holtsville Ecology Site at 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville for Hal.