HEAT ALERT

Scorcher in New Jersey to bring temps in the 90s this week

Meet Milltown Mel – New Jersey’s very own weather-predicting groundhog

Winter should be coming to an early end, according to a prediction by New Jersey’s own weather-predicting groundhog, Milltown Mel.

News 12 Staff

Feb 5, 2020, 12:40 AM

Updated 1,594 days ago

Share:

Winter should be coming to an early end, according to a prediction by New Jersey’s own weather-predicting groundhog, Milltown Mel.
“He’s fun. He is very good as predicting the weather,” says Milltown Mel media director Russell Einbinder.
Pennsylvania may have Punxsutawney Phil who gets a little more media coverage, but Milltown Mel may be a better weather prophet.
“We’re just as good,” says caretaker John McNamara. “We have a better record.”
So just what does Milltown Mel do on days that aren’t Groundhog Day?
“That he gets treated royally is an understatement,” says Einbinder.
“May through November he hangs out in this great groundhog palace where he gets to roam, take the sun,” says McNamara.
Then the weather gets cooler, Mel gets to move indoors. But no matter where he stays, his days consist of waking up, eating peanuts and yogurt treats. When he is not eating, he spends a lot of time hibernating.
“Two weeks prior to Groundhog Day we have to start to wake Mel up,” says McNamara.
But Mel’s handlers agree – the groundhog is living his best life.
“In our next life, we want to come back as Mel,” says Einbinder.
Mel lives on the property of the Bronson and Guthlein Funeral Home. The former owners say that they visited Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in the 1990s and it inspired them to bring the Groundhog Day celebration to New Jersey.
undefined


More from News 12
2:17
HEAT ALERT: Scorcher in New Jersey to bring temps in the 90s this week

HEAT ALERT: Scorcher in New Jersey to bring temps in the 90s this week

0:43
Field for New Jersey's 2025 governor's race expands, with radio host and teachers union president

Field for New Jersey's 2025 governor's race expands, with radio host and teachers union president

1:28
Serious heat ahead for New Jersey this week. Here are ways to stay cool.

Serious heat ahead for New Jersey this week. Here are ways to stay cool.

0:49
Evesham police: Marlton shelter in place lifted, man in custody

Evesham police: Marlton shelter in place lifted, man in custody

1:32
Water main repairs begin today in Paterson as residents prepare for incoming heat wave

Water main repairs begin today in Paterson as residents prepare for incoming heat wave

0:16
3 rescued by good Samaritan after boat starts sinking near Sandy Hook

3 rescued by good Samaritan after boat starts sinking near Sandy Hook

0:26
Iconic Key City Diner in Phillipsburg set to reopen following fire

Iconic Key City Diner in Phillipsburg set to reopen following fire

1:39
Best of New Jersey: A taste of Mediterranean food at Taverna on the Hudson in Bayonne

Best of New Jersey: A taste of Mediterranean food at Taverna on the Hudson in Bayonne

0:41
Fuce 5K family fun run in Metuchen draws over 800 runners

Fuce 5K family fun run in Metuchen draws over 800 runners

2:41
Made In New Jersey: KafX uses coffee infused oil to make deodorant

Made In New Jersey: KafX uses coffee infused oil to make deodorant

0:33
Cellphone thefts are on the rise in Hoboken, police warn

Cellphone thefts are on the rise in Hoboken, police warn

0:20
Newark Public Safety director: Woman assaulted, abducted by man she knew on Boyland Street

Newark Public Safety director: Woman assaulted, abducted by man she knew on Boyland Street

0:22
Monmouth County’s Glimmer Glass Bridge temporarily closes for safety repairs

Monmouth County’s Glimmer Glass Bridge temporarily closes for safety repairs

1:54
Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

Your New Jersey Graduation Photos

Your New Jersey Graduation Photos

2:27
NJ cities make ready for potential heat wave. Here’s how to avoid heat-related illnesses

NJ cities make ready for potential heat wave. Here’s how to avoid heat-related illnesses

1:37
Sinkhole rips through Hoboken waterfront walkway

Sinkhole rips through Hoboken waterfront walkway

1:52
Police: Thieves ransacked Boonton Township home, stole valuable heirlooms

Police: Thieves ransacked Boonton Township home, stole valuable heirlooms

1:03
South Brunswick brothers who served in WWII and Korean war honored with street dedication

South Brunswick brothers who served in WWII and Korean war honored with street dedication

0:27
Skip the Stuff: Hoboken City Council approves measure aimed to reduce plastic waste

Skip the Stuff: Hoboken City Council approves measure aimed to reduce plastic waste