Groundhog Day 2012

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Will he see his shadow today?

Three cheers for Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary!  (Yes, that is actually his full name according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.)

Although many critics scoff that Punxsutawney Phil (the “official” groundhog of Groundhog Day) has a success rate of only 39% accuracy, year after year thousands of people now flock to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to watch him pop out of his hole. Even though Groundhog Day has been around for centuries – the Pennsylvania Dutch that immigrated to the United States wanted an excuse to celebrate the coming spring –  it became popular in Punxsutawney after the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day”.

Canada also participates in this annual event with its own Wiarton Willie in Ontario and Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia. (Not to mention Alberta’s Balzac Billy!)

UPDATE! Punxsutawney Phil and Balzac Billy predicted six more weeks of winter, whereas Wiarton Willie and Shubenacadie Sam decided it would be an early spring. It will be fascinating to see which groundhogs were right!

Several of the groundhogs such as Wiarton Willie predicted an early spring last year, despite a major snowstorm that affected Ontario.

If you’re wondering if your pet can predict spring, the answer is probably not (unless they’ve been taking lessons from Punxsutawney Phil himself!) It has always traditionally been a groundhog that gives us the answer.