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Manitoba Merv Predicts Extended Winter as Fellow Groundhogs Forecast Early Spring


Manitoba Merv Predicts Extended Winter as Fellow Groundhogs Forecast Early Spring
Manitoba Merv appears to make weather prediction

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune


Winnipeg, February 2, 2024 - Groundhog Day arrived and Manitoba Merv, the province's renowned weather prognosticating groundhog, predicted of six more weeks of winter has, contradicting the cheerful prognostications of his fellow furry forecasters.


Early Friday morning, Oak Hammock Marsh took to social media to convey Merv's prediction, proclaiming, "Six more weeks of winter Manitoba! Good news is that's average for us." The announcement dashed the hopes of many who had been counting on an early end to the frigid season.


Other groundhogs across Canada, such as Ontario's Wiarton Willie, Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam, and Quebec's Fred la Marmotte, reportedly did not see their shadows on Friday morning. According to centuries-old folklore, this is traditionally interpreted as a sign of imminent spring-like weather. Conversely, if the creature catches a glimpse of its shadow, winter's frosty clutches will persist for an extended period.


Notably, the optimism for an early spring extended to Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog of western Pennsylvania, whose annual prognostication has gained widespread fame, especially following the 1993 film "Groundhog Day."


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