The Vancouver Island marmot is one of only fourteen marmot species in the world. It may be a rare creature for some, but people in Vancouver are very familiar with the famous furry Olympic mascot, also known as Mukmuk. The fuzzy creature has been adopted as an official side kick for the winter games and even though it may not see its shadow like a typical groundhog, it still has a story to tell.
Olympic fans hoping for snow will be happy to hear that Mukmuk is still in hibernation, which means winter will hang on in British Columbia.
The weather will play a vital role and so far the record high temperatures and rain have melted much of the existing snow.
The Weather Network’s own Shaylea Ostapowich is one of the 35 forecasters heading to the games. Ostapowich has been preparing for the past four years in order to understand the weather in the area. She says she’ll be paying close attention to conditions like heavy snow, freezing rain and the sun. It’s important to monitor the changing weather because all of these conditions can have a huge impact on the athletes and the officials that are running the events.
Hopefully Mukmuk’s decision to stay curled up will help bring more wintry weather to the games.
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