Groundhog Predictions: Wiarton Willie v. Punxsutawney Phil

Will winter be long or not?

Happy Groundhog Day, fellow Bill Murray fans!

Every February 2nd, we check up on our furry little pals to tell us how the weather will play out for the next couple of weeks. According to German-American folklore, Like meteorological magicians, if the groundhog sees his shadow, winter will last for three more weeks, if he doesn’t, spring is only three weeks away.

The tradition, which originates from Pennsylvania, is currently home to the most famous groundhog, — the Jennifer Laurence of marmots, named Punxsutawney Phil. Here in Ontario we have our own famed celebrity, his name is Wiarton Willie, — let’s call him the Ryan Gosling of woodchucks for the matter. While both of their opinions are highly regarded amongst the folklore followers, the groundhogs themselves don’t seem agree.

Quickly after emerging from his burrow this morning, Punxsutawney Phil looked around and couldn’t find his shadow. “There is no shadow to be cast!” his handler exclaimed, “An early spring is my forecast!”

In Bruce Country on the other hand, Wiarton Willie emerged in sunny weather to quickly find his shadow. According to our very own, winter will loom on for another six weeks.

But who’s prediction can we trust?

Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam weighed in, emerging to not find his shadow, reinforcing Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction. The true winner? only time will tell.

Main image courtesy Anthony Quintano via Flickr