Holtsville Hal, Malverne Mel Predict Early Spring on Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day 2023
Greg Drossel, Holtsville Hal’s handler for two decades, held Holtsville Hal up for all to see in 2018. (Photo by Christa Ganz).

Long Island’s groundhogs agree!

For the first time since 2016, Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel both did not see their shadows on Groundhog Day. That means there will be an early spring, according to groundhog lore. 

Their prognostications are in line with America’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, who also did not see his shadow. New York City’s Staten Island Chuck, Connecticut’s Chuckles, and upstate New York’s Dunkirk Dave also predicted an early spring on Saturday morning.

The only groundhog in the tri-state area that saw its shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter, is Milltown Mel in New Jersey.

Regardless of what the woodchucks say, the spring equinox is six weeks away: March 20.