Good News: Groundhog Day Predictions Say That Spring Is Coming Early This Year - MTL Blog

Good News: Groundhog Day Predictions Say That Spring Is Coming Early This Year

Here's hoping he's right.

If you are one of those that looks for any sign of spring, any shining light at the end of the tunnel, any shimmering hope...

Then you'll be happy to know that the weather-predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil has made his prediction for 2019, and the outlook is not so grim.

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TL;DR Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, meaning we won't have to endure six extra weeks of winter this year... if you believe in a future-predicting, ground-dwelling mammal, that is.

Yes, the 133-year-old groundhog was pulled from his hiding place early this morning and the president of the Groundhog club was able to get Phil's prediction for the coming year.

Because Phil didn't see his shadow this morning, we will be saved six weeks of winter and instead see spring bloom.

The ritual is based on a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition that comes from the superstition that if a groundhog comes out of his burrow on a clear day and sees his shadow, he'll go right back in and hide for another six weeks.

However, if he doesn't see his shadow due to overcast weather, he'll bound out of his burrow and we can expect that spring will come early.

The ceremony goes down at Gobbler's Knob every year, on February 2nd, where crowds of people come out to see Phil's prediction.

Crowds shout, "Phil, Phil, Phil," before he is pulled from his hay-filled hutch, and the conduits of the Groundhog Club deliver Phil's prediction for the coming months.

You can watch the live video below, where one club member reminds the crowd he's just the messenger, in case he was left to deliver a less-than-desired outcome.

Not this year, though. If we're to believe the furry little fortune teller, we can expect an early spring.

And if this coming week is any indication, maybe we can anticipate some warmer weather.

I won't be holding my breath, it is a groundhog after all and we're in Canada in February, so we all know the winter is nowhere near done.

But perhaps Phil had a sense of Montreal's week to come: it won't be dropping below -10 this whole week.

Can't be mad about that, now can we?

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