This past Sunday (Feb. 2nd), north-America looked to a few furry forecasters for Groundhog Day predictions 2020 (though perhaps less tuned in this year since Super bowl 54 fell on the same day. Watch the game [49ers v. The Chiefs]? The halftime show [J. Lo v. Shakira]? Or both? I saw neither, nor the game—was out running—prepping to qualify for Boston next year.
According to folklore, if a groundhog does see its shadow and returns to its burrow, this indicates six more weeks of winter—if it doesn’t, Spring will arrive early. Though he/she’s been pretty consistently, wrong.
Here are those results:
- Fred la Marmotte, Val-d’Espoir Québec—early Spring
- Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania—early spring (in the past 10 years, Phil has been right 40% of the time).
- Shubenacadie Sam, Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, Nova Scotia (along with the curious crustacean Lucy the Lobster)—6 more weeks of winter
- Wiarton Willie, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario—early Spring
- Winnipeg Wynn, Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Winnipeg—early Spring