He loved it because it allowed him to manipulate the results. Here he has taken double the precautions so the groundhog will NOT see his shadow.
Even though said groundhog is throwing shade, Dante has blindfolded him so he can't see it, and is throwing lots of snow on top of said shade in order to obscure it.
Let's just say that Dante is really looking forward to Spring.
And so, it seems, is the Groundhog!