Get To Know Some Of The Many Meteorological Marmots Of North America

This Sunday, groundhogs across the continent will be pulled out of burrows and tree stumps to tell you what the weather might be like. These are their stories.

1. Punxsutawney Phil

Hailing from the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, which is located about 80 miles from Pittsburgh, Phil is the king of the groundhogs and the granddaddy of them all. He has been prognosticating since the 1800s. Each year he draws a crowd of 40,000 or more to find out whether or not he saw his shadow.

2. Jimmy the Groundhog

Jimmy is a native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, which is located outside of the state capital of Madison. Sun Prairie claims the title of Official Groundhog Capital of the World. Jimmy has been around since the middle of the 20th century.

3. Flatiron Freddy

Boulder, Colorado’s Flatiron Freddie is neither living nor a groundhog. He is a mounted, stuffed yellow-bellied marmot. He draws a small crowd of concerned citizens who put their meteorological hopes on formerly animate objects.

4. Winnipeg Willow

As if Winnipeg, Manitoba needed a groundhog to alert them that winter probably wont be over anytime soon, they have both this real live groundhog and a puppet groundhog named Manitoba Merv.

5. Malverne Mel

This cuddly creature, hailing from Malverne on Long Island, New York appears to be pretty new on the block. But it’s not every Groundhog that gets to meet the mayor!

6. Sir Walter Wally

Raleigh, North Carolina’s own rodent weather guy has been around for just over a decade. No word on whether he is destined to claim the throne at Pride Rock.

7. Buckeye Chuck

Since the 1970s, Buckeye Chuck has been providing Ohioans their annual dose of ground squirrel-based weather prodictions. He’s based in Marion, Ohio, which is about 50 miles north of Columbus.

8. Wiarton Willie

An entry from Canada, Wiarton Willy hails from Wiarton, Ontario, which is 140 miles northwest of Rob Ford’s fair city of Toronto. He’s one of the most important Canadian groundhogs if you are into that sort of thing.

9. Staten Island Chuck

A resident of the Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island Chuck will answer any questions about weather, but if you deviate, he may throw you off a balcony.

10. Dover Doug

Another Pennsylvanian, Dover Doug from Dover, Pennsylvania may or may not be this guy in a groundhog costume.

11. Potomac Phil

The official groundhog of the District of Columbia is another once-living now-stuffed and mounted rodent, who retains in death the ability to see or not see his shadow.

12. Balzac Billy

Located outside of Calgary, Balzac, Alberta is home of Balzac Billy, who is indeed exactly what he looks like.

13. General Beauregard Lee

Besides being a General, Beauregard Lee, who predicts weather based on his shadow-seeing in Atlanta suburb Lilburn, also holds an honorary doctorates in Southern Groundology from Georgia State and in weather prognostication from the University of Georgia.

14. Shubenacadie Sam

Representing Nova Scotia, Shubenacadie Sam hails from Shubenacadie, Canada’s milk can capital. Shubenacadie, which is really fun to write/say is about 40 miles from Halifax. Can we assume that, like Punxsutawney Phil, Sam is a fan of Sidney Crosby?

15. Happy Groundhog Day!

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