Wiarton Willie, Ontario’s famous albino groundhog, woke this morning to deliver his prediction of an early Spring in this 65th year of the tradition, albeit virtually. “It’s an early spring,” announced South Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson after throwing a fur hat into the air, a move they said hearkens back to the tradition’s first edition more than 60 years ago.
Well folks, my prediction is #official. With cloudy skies and snow falling upon us this morning in #Wiarton it was very hard to find my shadow – even with all the camera lights around! Fans of spring rejoice, an #EarlySpring is around the corner. #WiartonWillie #Wiarton pic.twitter.com/VEohypsXuU
— Wiarton Willie (@willieofficial) February 2, 2020
Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia was the first to deliver his prediction of an early Spring this morning after reluctantly emerging from his shelter during stormy conditions, failing to see his shadow.
— Shubenacadie Sam (@ShubenacadieSam) February 2, 2021
In Val d’Espoir on Quebec’s Gaspe peninsula, Fred La Marmotte was also reluctant to step out from his miniature cabin, finally whispering in his handler’s ear that no shadow was observed, with an early Spring prediction.
BONNE NOUVELLE // Fred, la marmotte officielle du Québec, nous annonce que le printemps sera HÂTIF.
— Simon Carmichael (@SimonCarmi) February 2, 2021
Meanwhile across the border in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil somehow gave a prediction of six more weeks of Winter, after somehow seeing his shadow amidst stormy overcast conditions. Many in the area are taking to social media to question the validity of his prediction, even suggesting his shadow was the result of artificial lighting used at the event.
— Punxsutawney Phil (@GroundhogClub) February 2, 2021