Is spring just around the corner according to the groundhog in Ontario?

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Published February 2, 2024 at 8:26 am

Ontario’s most famous groundhog, Wiarton Willie, made his annual appearance this morning.

It’s Groundhog Day today (Feb. 2) and the fun, albeit unscientific, tradition continues. If Willie does not see its shadow, that means spring is just around the corner.

If he does see his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.

Willie makes his home in Wiarton, a small town in South Bruce Peninsula, and emerges early on Feb. 2 to make his prediction.

The event started with pre-dawn fireworks over the Wiarton Arena parking lot.

Just after 8 a.m., Willie made an appearance and the official proclamation from Mayor Jay Kirkland was in — no shadow, which means an early spring.

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Mayor Jay Kirkland announces Willie did not see his shadow.

So, even though winter has been mild and spring-like, the unofficial word is that it is almost over.

A more accurate prediction from Environment and Climate Change Canada, however, indicates we are not quite done with winter yet.

The weather forecaster even put out a chart showing how many times the groundhog’s predictions were correct — since 2014, he has got six years right and four years wrong.

Photos: Wiarton Willie Festival

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