By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, thereby warning residents of Pennsylvania to expect 6 more weeks of winter. Here in Canada, Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam did not see his shadow, nor did Alberta’s Balzac Billy, giving us some hope that winter’s end is around the corner. But Ontario’s Wiarton Willie swung the prognosticating rodent pendulum back to the middle by concurring with Punxsutawney Phil and predicting 6 more weeks.
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.