Bloomberg braves Groundhog Day – all over again

After being bitten on the finger when he met New York City's most famous groundhog in 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took no chances yesterday as he helped the rodent to make his annual "Groundhog Day" weather prediction at Staten Island Zoo.

Charles G Hogg, known as "Staten Island Chuck", did not see his shadow so spring was declared to be just around the corner. However, Chuck's biggest forecasting rival – Punxsutawney Phil – did see his shadow in the town of Gobbler's Knob, Pennsylvania. According to legend, that means winter in the US will last another six weeks.