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Van Island Violet

About Violet

Van Island Violet is a prognosticating marmot from Vancouver Island whose predictions are meticulously interpreted by the Marmot Recovery Foundation in Nanaimo, British Columbia. There are four species of marmots in Canada, but only the Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis) is considered at risk. Adam Taylor, executive director of the nonprofit, believes that “a Vancouver Island marmot would be a better weather prognosticator for Vancouver Island than some Eastern marmot that has never been west of the Rockies.”

Van Island Violet
Van Island Violet
Violet is a Vancouver Island marmot

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Past predictions

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

All 8 predictions