Shubenacadie Sam

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.

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If the tinkle of ice pellets hitting glass as I write this is any indication of Sam’s prediction later this morning, then winter shall be short, indeed! One can always hope.

UPDATE: Sam did not see his shadow this morning and he predicts an early spring. :)


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

4 thoughts on “Shubenacadie Sam”

  1. Sure hope Sam did NOT see his shadow. ;-) It’s overcast here in Ontario and I haven’t heard yet if my local groundhog, Wiarton Willie, saw his shadow or not but I’m sure it’s on the CBC radio news.

  2. It’s disgustingly wet here too, Nancy; Lowell had to beat the ice off the barn door with the poleaxe, because it was that thick that the hammer wouldn’t deal with it. He’s now turning the skating rink that is our dooryard into a salt marsh…he won’t even let me go outdoors til it’s a little safer. Doesn’t want me to fall splat and break something, or something idiotic like that. The sun WAS out a little while ago, but now we’re bracing for the next batch of precipitation. I hate FARCH!

  3. I’ve watched Shubenacadie Sam on television … I hope he predicts a short winter. I’m more than ready for this one to be over.

  4. It was just yesterday morning my husband and I were talking and laughing about those groundhogs. Isn’t it interesting how they get us all talking and hoping about the weather! It’s warmed up, up here, from the minus 40s to the minus 30s and the prediction for today is to get up to minus 20. We’re still very much in winter

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