Four-legged forecasters with names like Wiarton Willie and Shubenacadie Sam announced their weather predictions Tuesday morning.
Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, the town of Wiarton’s albino groundhog, called for six more weeks of winter.
Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam had the honour of making the first North American prediction of the day due to the province’s time zone, calling for spring instead!
Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, arguably the best-known weather predicting woodchuck, agreed with Shubenacadie Sam.
According to tradition, if the groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its burrow on Groundhog Day there will be six more weeks of winter. But this year’s festivities have already been marred by the death of one prognosticating marmot.
Groundhog Day celebrations have been cancelled in Manitoba due to the death of Winnipeg Willow, who died last Friday at the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.