Warm weather is coming soon.
That’s at least what Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel are reporting. The groundhogs suggested today that Long Island will have an early spring.
The furry marmots who call the Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve and Malverne Crossroads Farm home woke up bright and early this morning — on their day — to deliver their weather prognostication for the coming months.
Officially, the time was 7:25 a.m. on Groundhog Day when Brookhaven Town highways superintendent Daniel Losquadro announced that Hal did not see his shadow when he emerged from his burrow.
This traditionally means that spring could arrive early in 2024.
“Thankfully, after a wet and rainy January, Hal has given us a sunny outlook for the remainder of this
winter season,” Losquadro said. “Regardless, the Brookhaven Highway Department is prepared, as
always, for whatever Mother Nature sends our way.”
Further west in Nassau County, at 7 a.m., Mel made his annual prophecy, where he also didn’t see his shadow. This should brighten the day of many Long Islanders since he reportedly has been 78% accurate with his predictions.
Top: Brookhaven Town highways superintendent Daniel Losquadro announcing Holtsville Hal’s prognostication at the Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve on Feb. 2, 2024. (Credit: Courtesy/Town of Brookhaven)