Holtsville Hal predicts an early spring in Brookhaven Town

After the blizzard that hit the town of Brookhaven last weekend, Holtsville Hal’s forecast for 2022 was good news for many. After waking from his sleep, Hal pushed the snow out of his burrow and didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring for the town of Brookhaven. The virtual event was streamed live on the Holtsville Ecology Site Facebook page on Groundhog Day, February 2.

According to tradition, if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day, there will still be six weeks of winter weather; otherwise, spring should come early.

“After this weekend’s blizzard, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to spring arriving on time and keeping our fingers crossed that our resident meteorologist maintains his accuracy,” Highways Superintendent Daniel Losquadro said.

“Either way, the Brookhaven Highway Department remains ready to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at us during these final weeks of winter.”

Above, City of Brookhaven Highways Superintendent Dan Losquadro with Holtsville Hal Manager Greg Drossel revealing Hal’s prognosis for 2022.

Photos courtesy of the City of Brookhaven