February 2, 2010

We have Sam

The U.S. celebrates Groundhog day today with Punxsutawney Phil and Canada celebrates in Nova Scotia with Shubenacadie Sam. He saw his shadow this morning, which is not much of a surprise. Canadians are used to long winters and they don't let the weather stop them. We're actually hoping for more snow to extend the ski season. (check in with us in mid-March and see if we're still thinking that way). As one weather forcaster said yesterday on the news when asked for his forecast..."It's February, it's Canada, it's cold."

Nova Scotia's groundhog calls for six more weeks of winter weather
By The Canadian Press
SHUBENACADIE, N.S. - Groundhog Day has produced a big chill.

Nova Scotia's furry forecaster, Shubenacadie Sam, got a glimpse of his shadow today, heralding six more weeks of winter. But Sam isn't the only groundhog with a weather forecast.

The other prognosticators include Ontario's Wiarton Willie, Alberta's Balzac Billy and Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.

They'll be coming out for a look around a little later.

The origins of the tradition aren't clear, but it's likely related to the fact that Groundhog Day falls midway between the start of winter and the beginning of spring.

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