With Groundhog Day yesterday the predictions from the furry friends across North America have all been reported and it looks like a mixed response; will there be six more weeks of winter or won’t there?
Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day, it will retreat into its burrow, heralding six more weeks of cold weather. But spring-like temperatures are thought to be on the way if no shadow is seen. Take a look at the responses as we run down the list from Fred La Marmotte to Wiarton Willie.
From Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula Fred la marmotte’s official prediction was “un printemps tardif!” and with the sunny skies they had yesterday no surprise he saw his shadow.
Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam also spotted his shadow and shared the news, and the response to it, on Twitter:
I’m hearing a lot of booing 😔
— Shubenacadie Sam (@ShubenacadieSam) February 2, 2019
In Ontario Wiarton Willie was also out but thanks to some overcast skies did not see a Shadow and also shared the news on his own social media.
— Wiarton Willie (@willieofficial) February 2, 2019
Finally, perhaps the most famous groundhog of all; thanks to the 1993 Bill Murray film, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, also predicted an early spring.
— Punxsutawney Phil (@GroundhogClub) February 2, 2019
With that result it looks like it is split down the line; so will there be an early spring or a longer winter? Considering last year they were also split on their decision it likely makes no difference and your guess is as good as theirs. But it is a fun way to break up a February day.