UPDATE: New York’s Weather-Predicting Chicken Says Early Spring!
***OFFICIAL GROUNDHOG DAY UPDATE: Cluxatawney Henrietta laid an egg, which means we will enjoy an early Spring!***
See the official Facebook announcement below:
Forget Punxsutawney Phil! He's been unreliable for years!
On the morning of February 2nd, all eyes will be on Cluxatawney Henrietta, New York's weather-predicting chicken!
Muscoot Farms in Katonah, Westchester County, is inviting New Yorkers and people everywhere to tune in for Henrietta's big weather prediction on Groundhog Day at 10 a.m. on their Facebook page. Will it be an early spring, or six more weeks of winter? If Henrietta lays an egg, New Yorkers will indeed be treated to an early spring.
Henrietta laid an egg last year, mirroring the famous Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil's prediction. Westchester County Executive George Latimer says Muscoot Farm has put the county on the map of highly anticipated Groundhog Day celebrations, adding it's a fun way for residents to acknowledge the day.
Downstaters are invited to check out the festivities in person at the farm's outdoor stage at 51 Route 100 in Katonah.
According to their Facebook page, Cluxatawney Henrietta first began her weather predictions back in 2020.
The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place in 1887. There have been many incarnations of Punxsutawney Phil over the years, some more adept at meteorology than others.
Look, a weather-predicting chicken... sure, it's cute. But unfortunately, regardless of what any clairvoyant rodent or junglefowl bird says, we Upstate New Yorkers know there's NEVER an early spring. There's AT LEAST six more weeks of winter... under the BEST of circumstances! We all know this cold, white bulls*** lasts until early May.
Still, though... here's hoping Henrietta lays that damn egg!