Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Groundhog Day!

Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day in America! Many people believe that Punxsutawney Phil can predict the weather on this day. This morning, the famous Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania.

Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?

In class, we took a survey:
3 students thought Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow.
19 students thought he wouldn't see his shadow.

He did NOT see 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,
    I looked it up, and it says that he did not see his shadow. I think that is good because the spring weather is the best. No more cold weather . I agree it is weird to have a ground hog day, but I did not make the world.

    What is your favorite animal?


    1. My favorite animal is a goldfish. They are quiet and easy to take care of. They are peaceful to watch.

  2. I hope that Punxsutawney Phil is right and your spring starts now! Is that for the whole of the USA or just Pennsylvania? I'm pretty certain it doesn't apply to us!
    We have a special 'weather' day called St Swithin's Day. St Swithin's is 15th July, and it is said that whatever the weather is on St Swithin's Day, then it will be like that for the next 40 days. Here is the rhyme which dates from Elizabethan times to explain it:
    'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
    For forty days it will remain
    St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
    For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'

    All I can say is, it usually rains on St Swithin's Day and for most of our summer holidays thereafter!
    No signs of spring here yet in the North of England!
    Your blogging friend,
    Mrs Monaghan
    A Room with a View

    1. @ Mrs. Monaghan,

      Thanks so much for your informative comment!

      Groundhog Day is certainly a silly sort of tradition, but Americans love to follow it! Punxsutawney Phil is not that reliable, but that doesn't stop people reporting about him!

      There is a funny movie that was filmed a few years ago called Groundhog Day and that gets run on February 2 a lot!

      I always remember Groundhog Day because it is my wedding anniversary! In fact, we celebrated one decade yesterday!

      St. Swithin's Day sounds a lot like our Groundhog Day...a fun tradition!

      Your silly American friend,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

    2. Happy Anniversary - and may you have many more! The movie Groundhog Day was very popular over here, and was for most of us Brits the first time we ever heard of your bizarre tradition. What a weird creature!

      Mrs Monaghan

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I am happy that the ground hog didn't see his shadow. That means spring will come sooner. I am in Mr. Avery's class. My name is Natalie. I have a blog as well. Mr. Avery helped me make it. If you want to you can check out my blog.

  4. Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for information about Groundhog Day. We enjoyed reading it. We're learning about blogs and enjoyed looking at yours.


    Mrs. Mathis' third grade class

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am happy that Spring is coming! I am getting cold during P.E. in my Middle School P.E. shorts! I wish I could predict weather like Punxsutawney Phil. Thank you for reminding me about this fun holiday.

    Emily :)
    Former Student/Original Blogger/7th Grader

  6. caitlyn and adrienneFebruary 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    dear mrs Yollis,
    We loved especially loved your swimming with turtles in Hawaii video ps my friend went to Hawaii too and we also loved your other videos pss our class is also making a blog so check us out at peggys class blogs aka its called dickens peggy on the website love your website

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Hooray! I despise winter because of its freezing cold weather. I am always looking forward to spring because it is my favorite season and because flowers bloom and animals come out. It is never to scorching hot or freezing cold in spring. I am so glad that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow. What is your favorite season?

    Your former student,


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