Fred la marmotte

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Fred la marmotte is a Canadian groundhog located in Val-d'Espoir [fr] near Percé, Quebec who predicts weather on Groundhog Day.[1]

According to the tradition of Groundhog Day, if the groundhog sees his shadow then spring will be delayed; if he does not see his shadow, then spring will be early.[2]

Fred is unique in being the only weather-predicting groundhog whose habitat is located on a World Heritage Site.[3] The original Fred "Gros Fred" was used from 2010 to 2017 and again in 2019 but was replaced by his son "Petit Fred" in 2018.[4]

Past predictions[edit]

2019 "Late spring"[2]
2018 "Early spring"[5]
2017 "Early spring"[6]
2016 "Late spring"[7]
2012 "Late spring"[8]
2011 "Late spring"[9]
2010 "Late spring"[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gaspésie: la marmotte Fred prédit un printemps tardif". Le Journal de Québec (in French). February 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Groundhog Day: Quebec's Fred la marmotte predicts a late spring". Montreal Gazette. February 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Fred, marmotte de l'Unesco". Chaleurs Nouvelles (in French). January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Fred, la marmotte gaspésienne, prédit un printemps tardif". Le Soleil (in French). February 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "Spring is on the way according to Quebec's Fred la marmotte". CBC News Montreal. February 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Live update from Groundhog Day: Quebec's Fred la marmotte predicts an early spring". Montreal Gazette. February 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "La marmotte gaspésienne Fred prédit un printemps hâtif". Journal du Québec (in French). February 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Quebec's forecasting groundhog expects more winter". CBC News Montreal. February 2, 2012.
  9. ^ "La marmotte du Québec prévoit un hiver plus long". La Presse (in French). February 2, 2011.
  10. ^ "L'hiver risque d'être long, foi de Fred la marmotte". La Presse (in French). February 2, 2010.

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