HOLTSVILLE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Spring will arrive early in Suffolk County if Holtsville Hal's prediction on Tuesday proves accurate, bringing welcome news to many weather-weary Long Islanders on Groundhog Day as the massive dig out continues following Monday's snowstorm.
The snowstorm caused the cancelation of the Town of Brookhaven’s annual Groundhog Day ceremony at the Holtsville Ecology Site, which was to be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, Groundhog Day is always Feb. 2 and cannot wait, which means Suffolk County’s most-famous weatherman had to reveal his prognostication.
During the early morning hours on Tuesday, Holtsville Hal awoke from his slumber and brushed the snow aside to emerge from his burrow, and did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring for the snow-covered Town of Brookhaven.
According to tradition, if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; if not, spring should arrive early.
“After this week’s storm, I’m sure we are all looking forward to an early spring and keeping our fingers crossed that our resident weatherman maintains his accuracy,” said Town of Highway Superintendent of Highways Daniel Losquadro. “Regardless, the Brookhaven Highway Department remains ready to handle whatever else Mother Nature decides to send our way.”
Losquadro continued, “While we were disappointed that we couldn’t hold our usual family-friendly event, due to COVID, and then had to cancel the virtual ceremony, we hope to see big crowds next year for Groundhog Day 2022.”
The prediction was different in Pennsylvania. Holtsville Hal's groundhog friend Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter for that part of the country.
As OnSachem News reported following last year's Groundhog Day, Holtsville Hal emerged in front of a large crowd of residents and saw his shadow, which meant six more weeks of winter for Long Island.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA — It's Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, indicating there will be six more weeks of winter. Locally, Holtsville Hal predicted an early spring for Long Island.