“Spring is coming!” Staten Island Chuck predicts.
Staten Island Chuck, the fifth and forgotten's very own groundhog, doesn't see shadow; Here comes Spring!
(credit: SILive.com) -- Emerging from his burrow on this gloomy Groundhog Day 2011, Staten Island Chuck, assisted by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has forecast an early end to what has been an incredible winter.
According to folklore, if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day, it will scurry back inside its burrow and winter will continue unabated for six more weeks. If the groundhog does not see a shadow, winter will begin to recede and the next six weeks — at which point spring arrives — will be milder.
Chuck’s Pennsylvania rival, Punxsutawney Phil, agrees with the Staten Island rodent’s prediction.
Meet Staten Island Chuck: the official Groundhog of New York
Staten Island Chuck, also referred to more formally as Charles G. Hogg, is a groundhog who resides in the Staten Island Zoo. He is noted as the official groundhog meteorologist who predicts the duration of winter each February 2 on Groundhog Day. 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 Michael Bloomberg. The Staten Island Zoo claims that Chuck has correctly predicted the duration of winter 80% of the time since the 1980s.
(credit: SILive.com) — Alrighty then!
“Ace Ventura, ” “Bruce Almighty” and “Dumb & Dumber” star Jim Carrey was spotted at the Staten Island Zoo in West Brighton today, where production crews continue filming his latest movie, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.”
Carrey was spotted outside the Zoo’s Broadway entrance — which carried a “New York Zoo” sign for the filming — wearing a suit and overcoat.
The film, which is set to hit theaters on Aug. 12, 2011, centers on “the life of a businessman [that] begins to change after he inherits six penguins and transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland [and] his professional life starts to unravel,” according to the Internet Movie Database.
The Zoo was closed today and yesterday for the filming, and could be closed tomorrow as well, according to a spokeswoman. That determination would be made in the morning.