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Groundhog Day 2023: Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, but Staten Island Chuck says otherwise

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Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter 00:45

NEW YORK -- Will there be six more weeks of winter, or will spring get an early start?

This Groundhog Day, it depends who you want to believe.

The famous Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday in Pennsylvania, meaning six more weeks.

However, Staten Island Chuck did not, signaling an early spring.

Lady Edwina at Turtleback Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey may be the tiebreaker after she sided with Phil. 


Once a year, the First Alert Weather team gets help from the animal kingdom

Which groundhog got their prediction right? 02:29

The First Alert Weather team never takes a day off, but Groundhog Day is the one day of the year when they get some help from the animal kingdom. 

Punxsutawney Phil has been making his long range winter forecast since 1887.  Staten Island Chuck got in the forecasting game in 1981. The newest member of the four-legged weather crew is Lady Edwina of the Turtle Back Zoo

"Edwina is a North American groundhog like you'd see in your own backyard, and she's just over two years old," said Jilian Fazio, director of the Turtle Back Zoo. 

The hard fact is, Punxsutawney Phil is not very accurate. He has an accuracy rate of 39%. Staten Island Chuck has been accurate 80% of the time!  Edwina's only been doing this for one year, and so far, she's batting 1,000.

"We're always looking to inspire the next generation in any way we can and form empathetic connections with the animals that we have, and Edwina is a great way to do that," Fazio said. 

Overall winning personality? CBS2's John Elliott says it has to be Edwina - she's adorable!

And who needs Dr. Doolittle when you've got Caitlin Sharp and her dad?

(Caitlin Sharp/Groundhog interpreter)

"Your dad interpreted groundhog prognostications for decades, and now you're just carrying on the family tradition?" Elliott asked Caitlin. 

"Yep. It's in our genes to be able to speak groundhog," she said. 

"You speak groundhog?" Elliott asked. 

"Yes. It's a skill," she said. 

So, to recap: Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter. Lady Edwina of Essex says six more weeks of winter. Good old Staten Island Chuck? Early spring. 

Groundhog Day at Muscoot Farm by Westchester County Parks on YouTube

Some of the kids of South Mountain School in South Orange love winter fun, but, Elliott says sorry Edwina, he's sticking with Chuck and Cluxatawney Henrietta of Katonah - she laid an egg this morning, and we all know what that means - an early spring. 

She's been forecasting for five years, and has been right for four. Nothing scrambled about that.

By John Elliott

N.J. groundhog sides with Phil

Groundhog Day prediction from West Orange, N.J. 04:23

CBS2's John Elliott was at Turtleback Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey to see what their groundhog -- Lady Edwina of Essex -- had to say. 

She also saw her shadow, agreeing with Phil that we have more winter to come.

By John Elliott

Gov. Hochul tweets "good news"

"New York's own Dunkirk Dave and Staten Island Chuck both predict... an early spring Thanks to our groundhog meteorologists for the good news Happy #GroundhogDay!" the governor tweeted.

By CBS New York Team

Staten Island Chuck signals early spring

Groundhog Day 2023 LIVE From The Staten Island Zoo

Happy Groundhog Day! Coming to you LIVE from the Staten Island Zoo it is the best weather prognosticator, Staten Island Chuck making his prediction for early Spring or six more weeks of Winter! The day's events are proudly presented by the Investors Foundation and Citizens Philanthropic Foundation. Be sure to tune in to catch a glimpse of Chuck, in addition to messages from many special guests from the Staten Island community and beyond, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams! Kenneth Mitchell, Executive Director for the Staten Island Zoo will be joined by Edward Burke, Senior Advisor to the Borough President of Staten Island and Tiffany Feo, Executive Services Administrator for the Staten Island Zoo, will host the mornings festivities.

Posted by Staten Island Zoo on Wednesday, February 1, 2023

New York City's local groundhog, Staten Island Chuck, did not see his shadow Thursday, signaling an early spring.

The ceremony was held at the Staten Island Zoo. 

By CBS New York Team

Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow

Punxsutawney Phil gives his winter weather forecast in Pa. 08:36

The famous Punxsutawney Phil made his prediction around 7:20 a.m. in Pennsylvania. 

Organizers say he saw his shadow, meaning we're in for six more weeks of winter. 

By CBS New York Team

Live from Pennsylvania

You can watch the ceremony live from our colleagues at CBS Philadelphia. 

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By CBS New York Team
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