We’re following all the updates as our favourite prognosticators make their predictions for the weeks ahead.
Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated in North America on February 2. According to folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow, it will get scared and return to its burrow. That translates to a forecast of six more weeks of winter. Under cloudy skies, the groundhog stays out to visit, suggesting we’ll see an early spring.
Shubenacadie Sam: Six more weeks of winter
Shubenacadie Sam was the first Groundhog Day reveal in North America. Our very own Nathan Coleman was live on location, and reports she saw her shadow – that means winter will linger a little longer in Atlantic Canada, according to this prognosticator.
Fred La Marmotte: Six more weeks of winter
We’re noticing a trend. Fred, which was represented by a mascot this year, also saw his shadow in Val-d’Espoir, Québec.
Lucy the lobster: Six more weeks of winter
Back to Atlantic Canada now, where Lucy the Lobster also saw her shadow.
Punxsutawney Phil: Six more weeks of winter
Bill Murray’s co-star in the film Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, is a special edition to our otherwise Canadian list. Phil lives in Pennsylvania and, like his counterparts north of the border, he is also predicting winter will stick around a bit longer.
We still have other predictions to track! Stay tuned as the results roll in for:
- Wiarton Willie
- Manitoba Merv
- Balzac Billy
In the meantime, watch this video and learn more about Canada’s most famous groundhogs here:
Thumbnail image made by Cheryl Santa Maria in Canva.