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Groundhogs

Tomorrow is Groundhog’s Day. This occurs on the 2nd of February every year. This holiday started in the 1800s! That’s a long time to think a groundhog is a good weather forecaster.

It is said that if the groundhog comes out of his burrow and sees his shadow he will be scared and go back into his burrow. This means 6 more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow… an early spring.

Ok first of all this seems totally backwards to me… if the sun is shining bright won’t the groundhog want to stay out in the sun and enjoy the weather? If he does not see his shadow that means it is cloudy and possibly raining or snowing. But, I didn’t make up the tradition, I just share it with you!

First let’s listen to the story The Night Before Groundhog’s Day by Natasha Wing, since tonight is the night before Groundhog’s Day.

Want to learn some more? Watch SciShow kid’s video Fun Facts about Groundhogs to learn a bit more about groundhogs!

Today is a great day to make some predictions! Do you think the groundhog will see his shadow tomorrow? Why, what clues bring you to this prediction? Will the Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction be the same as your backyard?

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