Spike the Porcupine Predicts Long Winter

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February second is a big holiday for people wanting a different take on their winter forecast.

You might know Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania as the patron saint of Groundhog Day, but the Lake Superior Zoo has its own forecaster.

Spike is a five-year-old porcupine with a liking for meteorology.

Spike’s handler Jennifer Eickhoff says this is a great way to involve their guests in a national tradition.

“He’s pretty active this morning, he is ready to come out and I think that’s looking pretty good for us this year,” said Eickhoff.

This year, Spike was spooked by the shadow, meaning winter will likely continue per usual here in the Northland.

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