Weather predicting rodents hint an early spring

Today is goundhog day and Canada’s most famous weather-prognosticating groundhogs are predicting an early spring.

Manitoba’s famous little groundhog Merv made its prediction Tuesday morning at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Decked out in a facemask, he was looking for a shadow but there are no shadows which means an early spring in Manitoba according to Jacques Bourgeois.

Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam, Quebec’s Fred la Marmotte and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie all predict an early spring as well.

Bourgeois said – based on Merv’s expert prediction – the province could be looking at an early spring by mid-March this year.

Tradition has it that if the groundhog emerges from its burrow on Groundhog Day and sees its shadow, there will be another six weeks of winter.

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