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Fred la Marmotte

About Fred

Fred la marmotte is a prognosticating Quebecois groundhog from Val-d’Espoir in the Gaspésie, Quebec. While a previous Fred unexpectedly resigned in 2023, in 2024 we were introduced to “the new Fred,” who, it is claimed is “better than any other groundhog.” When he’s not making weather predictions, he likes to dig around and explore in his summer and winter enclosures. Fred is unique in being the only weather-predicting groundhog whose habitat is located on a World Heritage Site, the “Géoparc mondial UNESCO de Percé.”

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Past predictions

Year Saw shadow? Prediction
2024 Nope, no shadow Early spring
2023 No prediction. No prediction.
2022 Yes, saw shadow More winter
2021 Nope, no shadow Early spring
2020 Nope, no shadow Early spring

All 14 predictions