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Hogwash: Different Groundhogs Offer Different Predictions

On February 2nd each year, everyone goes (ground)hog wild in anticipation of a prediction for the balance of winter. Will it be at least six more weeks of rough weather or will the sun shine warmly on America so we can put our shovels away? Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania is probably the most famous. There are a couple things that are amusing. First, they awaken this poor rodent in the dark of the early morning. There are thousands of adoring fans with spotlights, camera flashes, and more, so the bleary-eyed groundhog can’t help but see a shadow. There is too much light not to.

Then there’s the fact of different weather regions. One prediction for an entire country? I think not. Phil lives in, and can only speak for, Pennsylvania. In reality, there are a host of goodwill ambassadors to spring. Here is a short list of a few of them, and what they predicted for the coming six weeks:

More Winter:
Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania
Malvern Mel, New York
Balzac Billy, Alberta, Canada

Early Spring
General Beauregard Lee, Georgia
Woody the Woodchuck, Michigan
Staten Island Chuck, New York
Buckeye Chuck, Ohio
French Creek Freddie, West Virginia
Shubenacadie Sam, Nova Scotia, Canada
Wiarton Willie, Ontario, Canada

While groundhog day is a fun tradition, folks would be better of to just check their Farmers’ Almanac. More winter? Certainly. Check out our long range forecast and see what we say for the various regions of the U.S. and Canada.

3 comments

1 ritabedsaul { 02.08.12 at 6:39 am }

I don’t kn about this so called winter BC we haven’t had to use a shovel yet nor salt. But 6months yu see we had I blieve 4 to 6inches of rain within couple days it was mid August so if I’m rite we should get slammed about a ft of the great white stuff so yes please let it fall we need it especially to get germs out of air.here in Maryland its been like Fla but really were bout a full month off of seasons been looking that way for 2yrs. Anyone agree w/me. By the way ppl GOOD MORNING. SUNSHINE have a bless day

2 Sarah Summers { 02.03.12 at 4:24 pm }

I could just kiss Shubenacadie Samm!! He makes me feel hopeful!!

3 Warren Binion { 02.03.12 at 4:23 pm }

What no Armadillo’s from Texas ? spring will be early :)

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