By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow today, thereby giving hope to residents of Pennsylvania for an early spring.

Here in Canada, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie also did not see his shadow, nor did Alberta’s Balzac Billy, giving us some hope that winter’s end is around the corner. But Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam swung the prognosticating rodent pendulum back by predicting 6 more weeks of winter.

It’s fun to entertain these superstitious notions, but you may be wondering, where do they originate? Read on to learn about the history of Groundhog Day in North America. (more…)