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According to folklore, if a groundhog emerges from his burrow on a sunny day and spots his shadow, we can expect six more weeks of winter. Conversely, if it's an overcast day and he doesn't see his shadow, we can look forward to an early spring. (Those who point out that this isn't exactly scientific might want to consider the success rate of meteorologists in predicting the weather.)
This year the most famous of the groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow, condemning us to six more weeks of winter. His Canadian cousin, Wiarton Willie, offered the same gloomy forecast. However, if you're a "glass half full" kind of person, you'll be pleased to learn that Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam and Quebec's Fred la Marmotte both predicted an early spring.
For a comparative chart of leading groundhog predictions, please click here.