Chris' Corner: Wiarton Willie does not see his shadow! Spring 2012 will come early!

Wiarton Willie does not see his shadow! Spring 2012 will come early!

Wiarton Willie does not see his shadow!

Wiarton is in the midst of celebrating the 56th annual prognostication by it's own famous Wiarton Willie. The Albino groundhog did not see his shadow on this cloudy and overcast day, foreshadowing an early spring.

If you want to partake in the celebration, it continues in Wiarton until Feb 5th.

The genesis of this tradition was in Germany as conquering Roman legions brought the tradition of Candlemas to the land.  Germans decided to transfer the tradition to hedgehogs.  If a Hedgehog saw it's shadow, winter would be at least six weeks longer, if a hedgehog did not see its shadow, winter was almost over.

German settlers in Pennsylvania transferred the tradition to groundhogs.  Punxutawney Phil roots date back to 1887.  Earlier this morning, Phil did see his shadow, forecasting at least six more weeks of winter.

Christian clergy would distribute candles on Candelmas Day (February 2nd) celebrating the end of winter.  An English proverb stated "If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Go winter, and come not again".

Other North American prognosticators include Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam, who did not see his shadow this morning, and Alberta's Balzac Billy, who did see his shadow. 

Those wanting an early spring will support Sam and Willie's prognostications, those wanting a longer winter will support the prognostications of Phil and Billy.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsChris Smith • February 02 2012 12:13PM

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Punxsutawney Phil is the expert Groundhog 'round these parts.  He says we're having six more weeks of winter.  Our winter has been so mild it might be confused with Spring.  So I say bring it on and let's get to the other side

Posted by Mary M. Kandell (Russell Real Estate Services) over 8 years ago

Chris, Thanks so much for the history, It's not just in our area! If we are having 6 more weeks of this kind of winter weather that's fine with me. Have a great day!

Posted by Keith Gilkey, 410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake (Re/Max Chesapeake) over 8 years ago

February 2 is a little early to be celebrating the end of winter, however, we really haven't had very much of a winter this year anyway. I would be happy enough if winter actually did end in 6 weeks.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Mary, Punxsutawney is such a hard word to spell, but you are right, we have nothing to complain about.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Keith, this has been a mild winter, we have saved so much in heating costs...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, "end", when did winter start? ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Hi Chris - With such a mild winter and so little snow this year, Wiarton Willie had a very easy time to figure out that spring will arrive early.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

Marc, the tradition is apparently based on the principle that clouds (no shadow) keep the earth's warmth from radiating out and shadows means lack of cloud cover, resulting in cooler average temperatures (really it is over the whole of the winter rather than the tradition of looking only on one day).

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

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