Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Groundhog Day!

Today, February 2, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania.

He saw his shadow!

Tradition says that:

If Punxsutawney Phil 

sees his shadow... then winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

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If Punxsutawney Phil 

 does NOT sees his shadow... then spring weather will come soon

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What do you think of  Punxsutawney Phil?

Do you know of any other traditions?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I just saw my shadow and it scared me!

    Happy Groundhog Day!


  2. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    Did you know Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2 in Canada,and the United States. According to tales,if a Groundhog rises from its burrow on that day and the Groundhog fails to see his shadow,it will leave the burrow,indicating that winter will soon end. However,if the Groundhog sees its shadow,winter will continue for six more weeks. The holiday began in Pennsylvania in the 18 century. The largest Groundhog Day celebration was held in Punxsutawney,Pennsylvania 1886.

    Your student,

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
    Did you know that in Ohio they call their groundhog Buckeye Chuck?

    Mrs. Eller
    Erie, PA

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I'm very glad that Phil saw his shadow and gave us six more weeks of winter. Winter is my favorite season! I like it because of the snow. (In other places). Another reason I like winter is that my birthday is in it and I love celebrating my birthday.

    Are you happy about Phil seeing his shadow, or did you want spring to come early?


  5. @ Mrs. Eller,

    Thank you for letting us know about Buckeye Chuck! I've never heard of him.

    Did he see his shadow like Phil? What is the weather like in Erie, Pennsylvania?


    @ Ben,

    Thanks for a very good comment! You asked me if I was happy about Phil's prediction. Well, no. I really look forward to the spring and summer weather, so I'd rather have that come sooner! Although, we do need the rain. We are in a drought situation here in southern California. Hmmm....

    Mrs. Yollis

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Al. I read your post as an assignment for my EDM 310 class. I hope you all enjoyed your 6 more weeks of winter! I know that I am ready for spring!

    Chelsea Steele

  7. Hi I'm at the University of South Alabama in EDM310, I love this blog I think its great....BTW I love the movie...

    Megan McDonald


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