In weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2 and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it will return into its burrow, and the winter will continue for 6 more weeks.
In Nova Scotia, Shubenacadie Sam will be the animal of the hour, emerging from his burrow at the provincial wildlife park in Shubenacadie at 8 a.m. to the sounds of a bagpiper and a town crier. Sam is the first to make his predictions in North America.
UPDATE: Sam did not see his shadow this morning and he predicts an early spring. :)