Two Out of Three Groundhogs Ain’t Science

Chuck and General Lee are at odds this year with Punxsutawney Phil

New York Times editorial writer Lawrence Downes is right on the money. Today’s miles-from-Punxsutawney business involving Mayor Bill de Blasio and “Staten Island Chuck” (pictured) cannot help but gnaw at the professional self-esteem of City Hall beat reporters:

This ritual, an endlessly repeating, perennially useless expenditure of mayoral time and media resources, seems to have survived another year. See you next year, on this day, in this space.

Downes has the “Rush Transcript” from the Mayor’s Office of what was said at the critical shadow-no-shadow moment. While Chuck – no. 2 on this year’s Weather Channel list of the “Top 11 Groundhogs to Watch” – is predicting an early spring, as is Lilburn, Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee (#3), groundhog grandaddy Phil (#1) had a different read this morning in Punxsutawney.

On the bright side, Phil has historically only been right a third of the time. Maybe D.C. has the best approach to the antiquated tradition – their weather forecasting OG, Potomac Phil, is stuffed.

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