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.
Here in Nova Scotia, Shubenacadie Sam was the animal of the hour, emerging from his burrow at the provincial wildlife park in Shubenacadie at 8 a.m. to the accompaniment of a bagpiper and a town crier. Sam is the first clairvoyant critter to make his predictions in North America.
Unfortunately, our Shubenacadie Sam saw his shadow this February 2nd, as did Ontario’s Wiarton Willie. And given the winter we’ve had thus far, that’s not hard to imagine. However, there are seven weeks of winter left on the calendar, so perhaps it is to be expected anyway. More snow on the way for us tomorrow!
As the light grows longer,
The cold grows stronger.
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight.
If Candlemas be cloud and snow,
Winter will be gone and not come again.
A farmer should on Candlemas day,
Have half his corn and half his hay.
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop,
You can be sure of a good pea crop.
– Old poem of Scottish origin, author unknown