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No groundhog shadow, so NYC can expect an early spring

February 2, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Handlers for Staten Island Chuck say the furry forecaster didn’t see his shadow so New Yorkers are in for an early spring.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson presided over Saturday’s ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo and unfurled a proclamation that said “Spring is Coming!”

The Groundhog Day tradition is based on a German legend that says if a groundhog casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks.

The tradition has provided unexpected drama in New York City over the years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio accidentally dropped the groundhog at the 2015 ceremony and it died a week later. That happened after former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten at a Groundhog Day ceremony in 2009.

The groundhog was kept safely inside a glass enclosure Saturday.