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Wiarton Willie's Groundhog Day Picks

Update, Feb 2 - News flash! Spring is just around the corner. Thanks, Wiarton Willie!

Will it be six more weeks of winter in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area—or is spring just around the corner? Only Ontario's weather-predicting woodchuck, Wiarton Willie, knows for sure... or at least 50 percent of the time, according to one local news source.

In the spirit of this fun annual observance—and our national preoccupation with the weather—we offer a few Staff Picks to check out!

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Whatever weather Willie's shadow foreshadows on February 2nd, we predict these picks will please!

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse. It is also available as a streaming audiobook, Braille book, VOX book, and an animated movie adaptation!

Borrow Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

Get an inside look at the complex and constantly evolving science of weather forecasting. Blum takes readers on a journey deep into the weather report and offers an immersive exploration of the world of weather and the people who watch it.

Borrow The Weather Machine by Andrew Blum

Looking Up: The True Adventures of a Storm-chasing Weather Nerd

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An energetic and electrifying narrative about all thing weather. A self-proclaimed weather nerd, at the age of fourteen, Matthew Cappucci talked his way into delivering a presentation on waterspouts at the American Meteorological Society's annual broadcast conference by fudging his age on the application and later creating his own major on weather science while an undergrad at Harvard.

Borrow Looking Up by Matthew Cappucci

Groundhog Day

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The 1993 cult classic comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell ponders "What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and everything that you did was the same, and nothing mattered?" A self-centred weather forecaster covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, PA, is about to find out!

Borrow Groundhog Day

The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun

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The star of this book is Punxsutawney Phil, a Pennsylvania groundhog. Groundhog Day reportedly first hit the news in Pennsylvania, Dutch Country, in 1886. This book provides plenty of information about groundhogs, the origin of Groundhog Day, the holiday's history, the animal's accuracy, as well as Groundhog riddles and ideas for throwing a Groundhog Day party.

Borrow The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun by Wendie Old

Weather Permitting: 25 Years of Ice Storms, Hurricanes, Wildfires, and Extreme Climate Change in Canada

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For more than twenty-five years, Chris St. Clair was on the front line of Canada's biggest weather events as a popular presenter on The Weather Network. For the first time, he shares his never-before-told stories covering the country's most awe-inspiring weather events.

Borrow Weather Permitting by Chris St. Clair

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