RED BANK: GROUNDHOGS SEE EARLY SPRING

punxstawney phil groundhogPunxsutawney Phil may not have the best track record as a forecaster. But he did not see his shadow Sunday, which tradition says is indicative of an early spring.

Closer to the Greater Red Bank Green, Milltown Mel, using an identical forecasting model, came to the same conclusion.

Meantime, the workweek gets off to a spring-ish start Monday, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures peaking in the high 50s, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Visual by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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SICK OF WINTER? TAKE A PHIL PILL

pux_2010Punxsutawney Phil’s yearly debut, as reimagined at a spot along the Middletown side of the Navesink River at McClee’s Creek.

It’s a pretty good bet that Punxsutawney Phil won’t see his shadow Wednesday morning.

According to Groundhog Day lore, the failure of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania’s most famous resident to see his own shadow on February 2 presages an early spring.

A shadow-spotting seemed unlikely as of 5a. It was rainy and misty out there in west central Pee Ay, with an outlook for rain, snow showers and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service.

An early spring would certainly be welcome in the snow-and-ice-bound Red Bank region, where today’s forecast is also dim and damp, if not as cold.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by 9a, but as we write this, streets and sidewalks are crusted with a dangerous layer of ice, and a freezing rain advisory is in place until at least 8a.

Here’s the forecast for our area:

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WELL, DO YOU, PUNX?

pux_2010If he made a really bad wrong turn, Punxsutawney’s most famous resident might end up here, on the Middletown side of the Navesink River, among the cows near McClee’s Creek.

[Editor’s note: please see update below]

Tuesday is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Which means it’s time for Punxsutawney Phil‘s annual sunrise photo op outside his burrow for his unintended weather-forecast.

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