Staten Island Chuck

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Staten Island Chuck's house.

Staten Island Chuck, also referred to more formally as Charles G. Hogg, is a groundhog who resides in the Staten Island Zoo in Staten Island, New York City. He is noted as the official groundhog meteorologist of New York City, who predicts the duration of winter each February 2 on Groundhog Day. The tradition dates to 1981.[1] He makes the prediction based on whether or not he sees his shadow at 7:30 A.M. on Groundhog Day. The ceremony at the zoo is often attended and officiated by the Mayor of New York City. Chuck's prediction for 2011 was early spring, similar to that of Punxsutawney Phil.[2]

Chuck had a contentious relationship with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom he notoriously bit in 2009. In 2012, the mayor did not attend the ceremony for the fifth time out of 12 years in office. No reason for his absence was provided.[3] His hostilities continued into the reign of his successor, Bill de Blasio, who dropped the groundhog during his first ceremony.[4]

Past predictions[edit]

The Staten Island Zoo claims that Chuck has correctly predicted the duration of winter 26 out of 32 years as of 2013, an 82% success rate.[5]

Year Prediction Notes
2014 6 more weeks of winter Concurred with Punxsutawney Phil
2012 early spring In Contrast to Punxsutawney Phil's predicted six more weeks of winter.
2011 early spring Punxsutawney Phil also predicted early spring(Featured on 1 episode of Cake Boss).
2010 early spring Again in contrast to Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of six more weeks of winter.
2009 early spring In contrast to Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of six more weeks of winter.
In this notorious prediction, Chuck bit Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the ceremony.[6]
2008 early spring[7]

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Notes

  1. ^ "Beyond Punxsutawney: Meet the Other Groundhogs" by Elizabeth Hanes. February 1, 2013 History.com[1]
  2. ^ "Staten Island Chuck Predicts An Early Spring". NY1.com. 2011-02-02. 
  3. ^ Lemire, Jonathan. "Groundhog Day 2013: Staten Island Chuck predicts early spring for New York City" New York Daily News (February 2, 2013)
  4. ^ Wrobleski, Tom. Fumbled Chuck joins 'forkgate' among de Blasio's Staten Island flubs (photos, video). Staten Island Advance. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Lavis, Ryan. "Groundhog Day 2014: Staten Island Chuck versus Punxsutawney Phil" Staten Island Advance (February 1, 2014)
  6. ^ "Bloomberg's groundhog attack". Newsday. 2009-02-02. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (2008-02-02). "NYC area's furry forecasters weighing in on winter". Newsday. 

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