Will There Be 6 More Weeks of Winter?

It’s been a brutal winter. Can we expect to warm up anytime soon? Long Island’s groundhogs had different conclusions for the second Groundhog Day in a row.

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Malverne Mel saw his shadow Friday meaning six more weeks of winter, according to a tradition the Germans brought to America in the 1700s. But we may be able to whip out our spring coats early if we listen to Holtsville Hal, who didn’t see his shadow.

They weren’t the only two groundhogs in disagreement. Staten Island Chuck didn’t see his shadow. And Punxsutawney Phil—the country’s most famous groundhog that lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania—saw his shadow. Good news is Punxsutawney Phil is only right about 39 percent of the time, according to Stormfax Almanac’s data.

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.