Thread: Groundhog day
#1 Groundhog day02-02-2012, 09:31 AMLike New Year’s Eve, Groundhog Day predictions don’t happen all at the same time – they sweep across North America in a wave of bucktoothed prophecies.
The earliest forecast in Canada on Tuesday comes from Shubenacadie Sam, in Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife park, at precisely 8 a.m. AT. Next up? Ontario’s famous Wiarton Willie (the Canadian answer to the U.S.’s famed Punxsutawney Phil – our Muhammad Ali to their George Foreman), followed by Alberta’s Balzac Billy.
In Wiarton’s Bluewater Park — Willie’s digging grounds — a whole week-long festival has evolved surrounding the town’s 56th Groundhog Day, including live entertainment, road hockey, fireworks, a “zero gravity circus” and something called “Wee Willie Idol.”
National Post files
So how accurate can a groundhog be?
To the more cynical among us it must seem unlikely that an animal could have the ability to predict the weather. The Canadian Encyclopedia notes that a study of weather data places the beasts’ accuracy north of the border at just under 40%, commenting dryly that “33% accuracy can occur by chance.” ...
It's that time of year again. Here is your full list of groundhogs of note:
02-02-2012, 09:43 AM
Wasnt it just last year that both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occurred on the same day? There was an ironic juxtaposition of events: One involved a meaningless ritual in which we looked to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication. The other involved a groundhog.
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02-02-2012, 12:28 PM
looks like about 17 out of 19 groundhogs say early spring from the Wiki....
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02-02-2012, 03:46 PM
An early spring? We haven't even really had winter here, yet. We get a little snow, then it warms up to 45 degrees and melts.
Not that I'm complaining. It's keeping my heating bill low.
02-02-2012, 08:39 PM
There's 19 of these things? Crikey. I am only familiar with Phil.
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