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Groundhog Day 2012

By February 2, 2012

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groundhog day 2012 canada montreal evelyn reidAmerica's famed Punxsutawney Phil in consultation with his handlers. Archie Carpenter / Getty Images

Considering Canada's groundhog collective's predictive powers rate marginally better than chance, what do the furry rodents declare for 2012? Will Canada's winter drag on into March as it does every single year -- except for 2010, when Ontario's Willie Wiarton and Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil both anticipated six weeks of winter yet Montreal proved them wrong with a rare, remarkably early spring that started the first week of March -- or will a climactic shift of mercurial proportions be sprung upon us?

Well, the consortium appears to be hedging its bets in 2012. According to team Canada, e.g., Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam, we're in for an early spring but south of the border's Punxsutawney Phil anticipates at least six more weeks of winter.

View an exhaustive list of 2012 Groundhog Day prognostications.

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