As the walrus said, the time has come. Not to talk of many things, but to rejig the calendar so that Groundhog Day makes sense in Canada.
The day when we North Americans turn to the highly scientific method of weather forecasting, namely the actions of a sleepy rodent, is observed on February second. If he sees his shadow and scurries back into his hole, there are six more weeks of winter. If he does not hightail it back to bed, but stays out, signs a few autographs, poses for a bunch of selfies, and does some interviews, then an early spring is in store.
The six weeks outcome, the ‘bad’ one, has many Canadians puzzled. It would bring us to mid-March or almost the end of ‘calendar’ winter. In Canada this would be a most welcome time to see spring. Considering that realistically mid-April is when things start to warm up here. There are places I suppose where the February second date works, but not here.
So I hereby suggest we move Canadian Groundhog Day to a later date. Just like we do with our earlier Thanksgiving. Both Canada and the USA celebrate Thanksgiving; a way to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. But here in the north our harvest time is much earlier than in the south, so we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, not in November. If we had Groundhog Day on March first, it would reflect a more accurate reality. And let’s face it, when you are forecasting weather via a furry beast, it’s all about the accuracy!