Groundhog Day

Willie vs. Phil, battle of the furry Groundhog Day prognosticators

Yes, every day has begun to feel like Groundhog Day. But, today is actually Groundhog Day, so now what? We decided to take a look at the two furry critters with the most cache, and see which furball reigns supreme and just what they are predicting for 2021.

Wiarton Willie

Origin: 1956, in Wiarton, Ontario northwest of Toronto
2021 Prediction: An early spring
Source of power: Resides on the 45th parallel, halfway between the equator and North Pole
Go time: 8:07 a.m.
Turf: Bluewater Park
Handlers: The Shadow Cabinet
Festivities: This year, Willie has gone virtual, but usually there is Willie’s Wonderland, fish fry, curling bonspiel, and sleigh rides. Willie got style.
Bottom line: Rumour has it, Willie is successful 90 per cent of the time, proving Canucks rule the weather prognostication game.



Punxsutawney Phil

Origin: 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
2021 prediction: Six more weeks of winter
Source of power: A magic elixir administered each summer
Go time: 7:27 a.m.
Turf: Gobbler’s Knob
Handlers: The Inner Circle
Festivities: Jan. 31 to Feb. 2: Phil Fest, picnic, Oreo stacking, bingo and, of course, Zumba
Bottom line: Punxsutawney Phil has the experience, but his accuracy is a sad 39 per cent. He’s a glamour groundhog consumed by fame.



Winner: Wiarton Willie! And, yes, an early spring will do nicely thank you. 

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