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Groundhog Day: Shubenacadie Sam, Punxsutawney Phil say 6 more weeks of winter

02/02/2015 07:53 EST | Updated 04/04/2015 05:59 EDT
Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam, the first of several Groundhog Day furry forecasters, came out of his burrow and saw his shadow soon after 8 a.m. AT today, which according to tradition means another six weeks of winter.

And in Pennsylvania, the father of all groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged with the same outlook after also seeing his shadow.

In Wiarton, Ont., another rodent burdened with the tourism fortunes of the small community, Wiarton Willie is expected to make his forecast sometime after 8 a.m. ET. That's if he can see anything at all, given the snow and blowing snow forecast by Environment Canada.

In Washington, D.C., Potomac Phil was scheduled to make both weather and politic predictions, CBC's John Northcott reported.  

And in Winnipeg, lesser-known groundhog Winnipeg Willow was also looking for a shadow.

Last year, only Wiarton Willie was correct when he spotted his shadow.

Neither Shubenacadie Sam nor Winnipeg Willow saw their shadows, thereby forecasting an early spring.

They were wrong. A polar vortex plunged Canada into a brutal winter that dragged on and on.

Environment Canada has already crunched the data for the next month and come up with this prediction: February will be colder than normal across the country.

Senior climatologist Dave Phillips notes Wiarton Willie's overall record is spotty, but says predicting the weather is a tough gig.

"His batting average is not that great… but hey, neither is ours."

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