Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Canadian Groundhogs Disagree


It seems there is a bit of a debate amongst our furry Canadian groundhogs as to the coming of spring and the lagging of winter. 

So far the east coast was treated to great new this morning from Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam and Ontario's Wiarton Willie.  Both did not see their shadow indicating they will have an early spring.  However, Calgary's Balzac Billy did indeed see his which means we are in for six more weeks of winter?  I would not be surprised with Alberta's unpredictable weather.  So far this winter we have had balmy weather with short little cold snaps, not common for an Alberta January or February.  I am not surprised we are in for another six weeks of winter.  It is not uncommon for winter to lag until the end May if you remember the blizzard last year near the end of spring, and the summer that did not arrive until well into July. 

How do we know what these little furry fellas' predictions are?  We can't talk to them even though town and city Mayors listen carefully as these critters whisper into their ears the news of when spring is coming.  Apparently when a groundhog emerges from his burrow on Groundhog Day, if he dives back he has seen his shadow and is not ready to come out for another six weeks.  I guess Balzac Billy isn't being fooled by these plus temperatures and most likely knows Alberta winters to well.  What goes up must come down and I am sure we are in for it.  I am, however, rooting for the east coast and crossing my fingers these temperatures stay with us.

Happy Groundhog Day from the grOundblog.


  1. Where are you Alicia? I miss your blog! Come back soon. Bela

    1. Thank you so much Bela! I have been neglecting the blog but am planning on getting back to it more frequently. Keep reading!