Wiarton Willie predicts early spring; Shubenacadie Sam eyes more winter

Someone call Bill Murray: Canada's famed groundhogs don't agree on winter's length

Someone call Bill Murray: Canada's famed groundhogs don't agree on winter's length

Wiarton Willie is calling for an early spring.

When Willie came out this morning, he saw no shadow.

According to Groundhog folklore, that means we'll see an early end to the winter weather.

Festivities include a free breakfast at the arena, fireworks, and plenty of events and activities.

Premier Doug Ford was also in attendance, saying that he was hoping for an early Spring. He did in fact see his shadow.

Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of these rodents, did not see his shadow.

"The festival on Groundhog Day is a long-standing tradition (for 63 years) that truly exemplifies the charm of the Wiarton community". "People love it or hate it with winter".

Last year, Sam, who lives in Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, predicted a quicker onset of warmer weather, while Willie forecast six more weeks of winter.

In his book, The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry, climatologist David Phillips cites a survey of 40 years of weather data from 13 Canadian cities, which concluded there was an equal number of cloudy and sunny days on February 2 - and during that time, the groundhogs' predictions were right only 37 per cent of the time. During that time, the groundhogs' predictions were only correct 37% of the time.

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