6 eye doc martens Staten Island Chuck calls for an early spring
As we do every year on Groundhog Day, borough residents turned their attention to Staten Island Chuck on Friday morning in hopes of an early spring. in search of his shadow,
but to no avail.
An early spring is on its way, according to Chuck,
who made his prediction at the Staten Island Zoo in West Brighton Friday morning from behind a glass enclosure.
Like the last three years, Chuck was held underneath a spacious glass enclosure and was then lifted into the enclosure via a small elevator,
or the “Chuck a vator.” The elevator remained above ground while Chuck searched for his shadow.
Chuck’s Groundhog Day habitat was adapted after a disastrous outing in 2014.
Charlotte, a female groundhog posing as Chuck,
fell several feet after being dropped by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
She died of “acute internal injuries” a week later, though Zoo officials did not say the death was a direct result of the fall.
According to the Staten Island Zoo,
Chuck has an almost 80 percent accuracy rate with his predictions.
To determine whether or not Chuck’s predictions are correct, local elementary school children are tasked with tracking how many days over the six weeks following Chuck’s prediction are warmer or atypical for winter weather. A day when the temperature rises above 40 degrees is considered atypical.