Balzac Billy

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Balzac Billy, the "Prairie Prognosticator", is a "groundhog" mascot who prognosticates weather on Groundhog Day. He lives in Balzac, Alberta, 8 km north of Calgary, Alberta.

According to the legend of Groundhog Day, the groundhog's behavior is a way of forecasting the weather. If the groundhog pops out from its burrow, sees his shadow, and then disappears again, it will mean that winter is to continue for six more weeks. But if the groundhog does not see its shadow, then it will not be scared to come out of its burrow and winter will soon end. However, unlike other Groundhog Day mascots, Balzac Billy is a man in a costume.[1]

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  1. ^ Griwkowksy, Catherine (2012-02-02). "Balzac Billy's legacy casts a long shadow". Edmonton Sun. Sun Media. Retrieved 2013-02-02.

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