Ollie Says No Early End To Winter (VIDEO & GALLERY)February 2, 2018 10:59am
Oil Springs Ollie is predicting six more weeks of winter and this time he may well be right.
The furry weather forecaster spotted his shadow just after 9am Friday at a Groundhog Day ceremony in Wyoming.
Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper presided over the annual February 2 ritual, and he says he made a new little friend.
“It was exciting, it was almost like a love affair,” he says with a laugh. “He’s a beautiful animal, he’s well kept and Heaven’s Wildlife does a great job with him.”
In 2017, Ollie saw his shadow but February turned out to be the warmest in history in Sarnia-Lambton.
This year, however, Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson says Lambton County’s novice prognosticator is probably on the mark.
“In looking at the forecast at least through the month of February, it’s looking to be colder than normal,” says Coulson. “So by all accounts it looks like we do have, unfortunately, a fair amount of winter still left to go.”
Ollie’s more experienced counterparts, Wiarton Willie and Punxsutawney Phil also saw their shadows, indicating an extended winter.
Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam did not see his shadow when he waddled out of his pen, indicating an early spring.