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    Like 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.”

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    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.” ...
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    It's that time of year again. Here is your full list of groundhogs of note:

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Janice View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Janice View Post
    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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    looks like about 17 out of 19 groundhogs say early spring from the Wiki....

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    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.


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    There's 19 of these things? Crikey. I am only familiar with Phil.

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