It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Six more weeks?

So it seems the rodent crew are all agreed. Wiarton Willie, Schubenacadie Sam and Punxsutawney Phil all saw their fuzzy shadows this morning, meaning that there will be six more weeks of winter. Had they NOT seen their shadows, spring would have come early.

To which I say, “???????” Is there a more pointless event for Canadians than Groundhog Day? Why on earth do we bother?

Six weeks from today is March 16. March sixteenth! If spring were to show its delicate face in these parts on March 16?

That would be early. And March 16 is the later option?

Jeez. I hope the hairy little wretch is right.

But I has ma doots…

February 2, 2010 - Posted by | Canada, commemoration, random and odd | ,


  1. XD In Vancouver, spring starts in February. It’s like living in bloody England.

    That’s because, if you guys even had a groundhog, he’d never, ever see his shadow. You need sun for that…

    Comment by ifbyyes | February 2, 2010 | Reply

    • That’s true.

      But it doesn’t seem to stop the crocuses that I see everywhere!

      Well, there have to be compensations… that sounds like a good one! We won’t be seeing any here for a good two months.

      Comment by ifbyyes | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. The groundhog is lucky he doesn’t live here in the Yukon. We can’t see shadows until after 9:15 this morning…..and we are all excited about the long days! Woo hoo! Sunrise at 9:15, sunset just after 5. So much sun!

    And that is why I could never live up there and retain my sanity. I know it’s an issue for you, too, and my heart goes out to you. The cold is horrendous, sure, the isolation an issue… but the lack of light? Oh, goodness. Hurrah for the return of the sun!

    Comment by Tammy | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. And there, ladies and gentlemen, right there in comments #1 and 2, you have the meteorological smorgasbord that is Canada.

    FYI, here in Ottawa, sunrise today was 0723, and dusk will be 1851 — and grateful I am, too! (Want to know yours? Check out this site.)

    Comment by MaryP | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. Now, I sure hate to be the one to rub it in, but down here in Sunny Georgia, we have our own groundhog. This was his news today: “General Beau Lee, Ph.D., Georgia’s Official Weather Prognosticator made his prediction this morning at 7:35am in rainy, 40 degree weather. Beau reported that he did not see his shadow, foretelling an early spring at The Yellow River Game Ranch.” If anyone cares to visit, all planes pass through Atlanta.

    Your groundhog has a Ph.D.? I guess those rumours I’ve been hearing about the state of American education aren’t entirely unfounded…

    But perhaps I shouldn’t dig with the barbs: a place to stay in Atlanta — you were offering to host, yes? — is not to be treated lightly. 😀

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  5. I agree! Here in North Dakota, only six more weeks of winter would be a wonderful thing!

    Wow. British Columbia, the Yukon, Georgia, California, North Dakota, Utah… isn’t the internet a wonderful thing, bringing us all together in the same ‘spot’? Love it.

    Comment by Bev | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. Six more weeks?!? How much longer can I take these low-70s temperatures???

    😀 Anna
    Santa Monica, CA

    Uh-huh. And in the summer, when you’re all peering at the smoke in the hills, hoping your home doesn’t go up in flames, it’ll all even out. 🙂

    Comment by Anna Lefler | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  7. I’m in Salt Lake City, UT. I NEVER understood the groundhog thing. I’m happy for spring by April but have memories of it snowing on my mid-May birthday.

    Gah. Mid-May. That’d be accounted for by the elevation?

    Comment by Kristy | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. I distinctly remember looking out the window during a June English final and seeing snow falling from the cloudy skies.

    June? You sure it wasn’t just ashes from the smokers in the parking lot?

    Comment by Haley | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  9. Anna is correct. This sub 80 weather is killing me.

    You open your mouth for the first time in TWO YEARS, and it’s to gloat? Well, pfft to you. And what is this “80” of which you speak? Join the rest of the world, you primitive. 😀

    Comment by Jack | February 3, 2010 | Reply

  10. i went to england a few years ago at the beginning of march. it was warm! shocking!

    I KNOW! I went to Scotland as a teenager, part of a band trip, and we Canadian teens were all so thrilled by the GRASS! and it was GREEN! in MARCH!!! that we amused our hosts no end by taking pictures of ourselves standing on it. Because — GREEN GRASS! in MARCH!!!

    Comment by Dana | February 3, 2010 | Reply

  11. oh, and here in maryland, we don’t really get spring. we get a few nice days, a bunch of freezing days, a hot day, back to freezing, a nice day and then BAM! it’s summer! that’s how we do fall, too!

    Well now. Isn’t THAT exciting?? I’ll have to try Maryland in the spring sometime.

    Comment by Dana | February 3, 2010 | Reply

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