Holtsville Hal predicts an early spring on Groundhog Day; Malverne Mel disagrees


Tired of the snow and cold? We’ve got some good news this morning, straight out of a hole in Holtsville.

Holtsville Hal has spoken. And the groundhog says Long Island will have an early spring in 2022.

The furry marmot who calls the Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve home woke up bright and early this morning — on his day — to deliver his 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 — albeit randomly — means that spring could arrive a little sooner, which is great news in wake of the recent nor’easter.

“I’m always happy to hear spring is going to come right on time and we’re not going to have a long winter,” Losquadro said.

Check out Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve’s Facebook live stream of Holtsville Hal’s projection below.

Not all Long Island groundhog forecasters are on the same page though.

Further west in Nassau County, Malverne Mel of Crossroads Farm it seems saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. Little Mel’s 27th annual prophecy was met with several boos from those who attended the ceremony in person. And what really stinks it that Mel is reportedly 78% accurate.

Below is a video of Mel waking up today. A little band was on hand to jokingly rub some salt in the wound of those fans of spring in attendance and play “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” after Mel saw his shadow.

Top: Holtsville Hal waiting to give his prognostication. Screenshot of the video live-streamed on the Holtsville Ecology Site Facebook page.