Brookhaven, NY – Six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Hundreds will gather at the Holtsville Ecology Site on Sunday, February 2, to hear Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro announce Holtsville Hal’s famous forecast.
According to tradition, if a groundhog sees its shadow after stirring from hibernation on Groundhog Day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; if not, spring should arrive early. Superintendent Losquadro will reveal Hal’s forecast at approximately 7:25 a.m.
“Our annual Groundhog Day celebration is an enjoyable tradition for many local families,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “I’m always hopeful Hal will predict an early spring to help my snow removal budget, but either way this is a much-anticipated event each year in Brookhaven Town.”
Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “Holtsville Hal’s prognostication is anxiously anticipated every year and it’s always a relief when he predicts an early spring. Let’s hope that he doesn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day and we can look forward to a short winter season.”
Although he’s sure to be the center of attention, Holtsville Hal will not be the only animal available for viewing on Feb. 2. Following the ceremony, residents are welcome to enjoy some free hot chocolate and visit the more than 100 non-releasable, wild or injured animals residing at the Animal Preserve, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Gates will open at the Holtsville Ecology Site Animal Preserve, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, at 7 a.m. on Sunday, February 2; parking is free. Residents are asked to arrive as close to 7 a.m. as possible to get a good view of Hal.
Photo Caption: Holtsville Hal’s handler, Gregg Drossel, shows him to the crowd during the 2019 Groundhog Day celebration
Daniel P. Losquadro * Highway Superintendent
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