Six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Hundreds will gather at the Holtsville Ecology Site on February 2, to hear 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. Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro will reveal Hal's forecast at approximately 7:25 a.m. Following the ceremony, residents are welcome to enjoy some free hot chocolate and visit the Animal Preserve, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with more than 100 animals on display. Gates will open at the Brookhaven Wildlife Center at 7 a.m.; parking is free. Residents are asked to arrive as close to 7 a.m. as possible to get a good view of Hal.