Thursday February 2, 2017
The Official 2017 Forecast
Six More Weeks of Winter – Just like it is now
|Article from The Voice of Pelham February 3, 2017
At Fenwick’s Centennial Park yesterday, beloved local rodent meteorologist Fenwick Flossie saw her shadow, as witnessed by some 300 students bused-in for the occasion, thereby predicting six more weeks of what’s passed for winter so far. Look for the entire riveting tale in next week’s paper. (NATE SMELLE PHOTO)
Niagara This Week – Welland
By Steve Henschel
PELHAM — While winter seems to have shown up late to the party this year, it appears it won’t be going anywhere soon, at least according to Fenwick Flossie.
Canadian groundhogs ‘predict’ early…
On Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, the roughly-200 pound groundhog emerged from her home outside the Fenwick Lion’s Club at Centennial Park amid a growing chant from gathered school children; “Flossie, Flossie, Flossie.”
As she emerged, the sun peaked through the clouds, frightening the famed-Fenwick rodent back into her lair, meaning winter is here to stay for six more weeks.
It’s the 23rd year Flossie has honoured the tradition of prognosticating on the weather with an event organized and presented by the Fabulous Fenwick Lions to children from area schools including St. Ann Catholic School, E.W. Farr Public School, Fonthill Montessori and St. Andrew Catholic School. The annual tradition was first dreamt up by the late Verne Bradley.
“It’s all about the kids,” said Lion past president Rob Henson, adding, “they scream their heads off.”
The crowd of children certainly delivered on that last statement, rallying in a rising chant to lure Flossie from her burrow.
Beyond the chance to meet with the oversized rodent, the event featured a colouring contest, doughnuts and hot chocolate for the kids and adults in attendance.
Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn was among the attendees.
“I never miss Flossie, she is a world famous prognosticator,” said Augustyn, who, for his part was happy to hear a prediction of further winter weather. He pointed out after setting up his backyard ice rink it still has yet to freeze, something that should change if Flossie’s prediction holds true.
Flossie’s seems to be the minority opinion — at least in Canada. Neither Ontario’s Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam saw their shadow and are calling for an early spring.
However, the forecast by the most famous groundhog, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, was for more winter.
Steve Henschel is a reporter and award-winning photographer covering the communities of Welland, Pelham, Port Colborne and Wainfleet for Niagara This Week in addition to contributing to Niagara Life magazine. He has a passion for telling the stories of those living in south Niagara and hopes to one day take life seriously. Follow him on Twitter.