Obwohl Phil sagt, dass er der einzig wahre ist ( “ ... all the other groundhog weathermen are impostors ... ”) hat auch Kanda seinen “Groundhog day”. Wie in den USA ist das der 2. Februar eines jeden Jahres.
Kommt der “groundhog” bei Sonnenaufgang aus seinem Bau und sieht seinen Schatten, dauert der Winter noch 6 Wochen, ansonsten naht der Frühling. Das Ganze wird von einer großen Party begleitet und hat Ihren Ursprung in Punxsutawney. Wie das kennen Sie nicht ? RICHTIG ! - die kleine nette Stadt in dem Spielfilm “und täglich grüßt das Murmeltier” (Originaltitel: Groundhog Day). Und eben das wird trotz der Einwände von Punxsutawney Phil auch in Kanada am 2 Februar gefeiert.
“As to his accuracy, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, he is 100% accurate”
The Canadian Press; 2. Feb 2009
“SHUBENACADIE, N.S. - Nova Scotia's furry weather prognosticator Shubenacadie Sam has emerged from his den and is predicting six more weeks of winter. The groundhog was roused from his winter slumber by a town crier and the skirl of bagpipes at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, about an hour north of Halifax. Sam saw his shadow as he slowly crawled out to greet a crowd of school children under partially sunny skies.
According to legend, that means six more weeks of winter. And more winter will soon be on its way, according to conventional human forecasters, who say parts of Nova Scotia will be hit by more snow and freezing rain as early as Tuesday. Because Sam happens to live in the Atlantic time zone, he always gets the jump on several other weather-predicting rodents form across North America.
In Pennsylvania, he world's most famous groundhog has seen his shadow which, legend has it, means this already long winter will last for six more weeks. Punxsutawney Phil's forecast was announced in front of thousands of revellers gathered at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, about 100 kilometres northeast of Pittsburgh. ...
...German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 - the Christian holiday of Candlemas - winter would last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early. Since 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, hasn't seen it 15 times, and there are no records for nine years. “