News release

Shubenacadie Sam Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter

Nova Scotia's famous groundhog prognosticator Shubenacadie Sam saw his shadow today, Feb. 2, meaning a predication of six more weeks of winter for Nova Scotia.

As the legend goes, when Sam sees his shadow, we are due for a longer winter.

"Given the weather forecast and the amount of snow currently on the ground, Sam's prediction likely isn't a surprise to most Nova Scotians," said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. "I'd like to thank Sam and all the staff at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park for the preparation they put into Groundhog Day and for such a fun morning of activities."

Nova Scotia's time zone means Sam's prediction is the first in North America.

A large crowd gathered this morning at the park to participate in the Groundhog Day festivities.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Winter is here for six more weeks says Shubenacadie Sam, Nova Scotia's famous groundhog prognosticator.

Sam came out of his burrow this morning, greeted his visitors and then promptly saw his shadow.

Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says given the current weather, Sam's forecast likely isn't a surprise to Nova Scotians.

-30-

Media Contact:

Bruce Nunn
902-424-5239 Cell: 902-476-6454 E-mail: