Canadian Groundhogs weather predictions differ

Depending on where you live in the country, you could be doomed for six more weeks of winter or be in for an early spring, according to some of Canada’s celebrity groundhogs on Groundhog Day.

Both Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie emerged this morning and did not see their shadows.

Traditionally, when a ground hog sees its shadow that means six more weeks of winter, but if it doesn’t, then spring is sure to arrive soon.

A crowd was gathered this morning at the Shubencandie Provincial Wildfire Park, awaiting for Shubencandie to emerge from his small barn-like home.

“Soon we shall see the many colours of green. As his shadow he did not see, glad tidings that will surely be. For the good news that Sam did bring will mean we get an early spring,” cried out an official announcer at the park.

Similarly, a crowd was gathered in front of an outdoor stage in Wiarton, ON to hear Willie’s predictions. The town also held an official festival, starting Jan. 27,  leading up to the prediction. Willie also predicted an early spring.

“So, my prediction is official. I didn’t see my shadow so an early spring it is,” stated the official Wiarton Willie Twitter Account.

However, out west, various trusted groundhogs like Winnipeg Wyn and Alberta’s Balzac Billy, happened to see their shadows, meaning the provinces were likely to have another six weeks of winter.

Canada’s southernly neighbours, also, were not so lucky. Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow and, so, predicted another six weeks of winter.


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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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