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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Groundhog Day

February 2nd is Groundhog Day. That means today in places all over North America like in Wiarton, Ontario we expect a woodchuck,Groundhog
Groundhog - Click for larger
this large furry rodent more commonly called a groundhog, to predict the length of winter. Usually winter looks something like this in Southern Ontario:Winter at Presqu'ile
Winter at Presqu'ile - Click for larger

Normally in our area a groundhog would be hibernating at least until March. But on this day the legend has it that a groundhog will awake from its winter sleep, poke its head up out of its den and look around. Groundhog
Groundhog - Click for larger
If it sees its shadow then it goes back to hibernating thus predicting another six weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn't see a shadow then it will be an early Spring.Trilliums - click for larger
Trilliums - Click for larger
In Wiarton this responsibility is given to one woodchuck named Wiarton Willie. This year he predicted that there will be another six weeks of winter. Considering the official start of Spring is at least six weeks off then odds are, he is right.Scarborough Bluffs Winter
Scarborough Bluffs Winter - Click for larger

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Marta said...

Six weeks isn't too bad. And our winter hasn't been too much of a winter, yet anyway. Enjoyed the blog and the photos!!

4 February 2010 at 07:51  

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