David Woods
February 02, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil And Wiarton Willie Grab The Spotlight: Did The Groundhog See His Shadow On Groundhog Day 2012?

It’s been a very mild winter in the hometown of Twirlit.com and most of the northern United States and Canada have had similar weather. That means that spring is surely just around the corner, right?

Not so fast. There are still a couple of adorable groundhogs who have something to say about that.

So, did Punxsutawney Phil and Wiarton Willie (his Canadian cousin) see their shadows this year?

First, Punxsutawney Phil reported from western Pennsylvania. He delighted the gathered fans, many wearing furry hats and carrying signs encouraging him on. Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means that he’s predicting six more weeks of winter. It’s not the news that everyone wanted to hear, but it has been a very mild winter and perhaps six more weeks won’t be so bad.

Shortly after Phil made his call, Wiarton Willie reported in from Canada. Willie didn’t see his shadow, which means that he’s predicting spring will come early for those in Canada!

Every year, these two famous groundhogs peep out from their holes to give people all over North America an indication of when they can can expect spring to arrive. If they see their shadows, that means there’s 6 more weeks of winter. If they doesn’t see their shadows, it’s an indication that spring is on its way early. Of course, there is no scientific evidence to back any of this up, but it’s a lot of fun nonetheless.