The 64-page, full color chapter book is built around many historic New England storms and includes factual inserts about weather, groundhogs, and the legislative process. The storyline captures the power of following your passion and connecting with someone who truly believes in you. Michaels dedicates the book to her long time mentor, WCVB-TV Meteorologist Harvey Leonard who always supported her pursuits in the science.
In the midst of an historic stretch of snowstorms and countless new snowfall records, children’s author and long time TV weather forecaster, Meteorologist Mish Michaels along with watercolorist Kathie Jameson (who was married on Groundhog Day 40+ years ago), release an illustrated children’s book about Ms. G. The story captures the true to life journey of how Ms. G became the “Official Groundhog of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
Ms. G’s forecast is snowed out for the first time by a Groundhog Day Snowstorm! Her public forecast is canceled. Instead Ms. G does her annual forecast for her naturalist handler. She does not see her shadow and calls for an early spring. Her forecast is controversial in the midst of an epic stretch of snowfall, but she turns out to be correct. The endless storms stop at the end of February 2015 and spring gets an early start.
After years of campaigning, the Ms. G Team, led by students from Hunnewell Elementary School in Wellesley and Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, celebrate making history! The Ms. G Bill finally becomes a law on this 90th day after signature by Governor Patrick.
Congratulations to Ms. G! On the very last day of the legislative session, Governor Deval Patrick signs the Ms. G Bill H.2864. After a 90-day waiting period, Ms. G will formally become the “Official Groundhog of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” The language of the new Ms. G law seeks to educate elementary school children on the importance of meteorology.
On July 21, 2014, the Ms. G Bill is sent back to the House and Senate for final votes. After successful final votes in both the House and Senate, the Ms. G Bill is sent to the Governor's office for signature.
After the celebration on the Senate Floor, Ms. G Campaign leaders gather on the steps of the State House to proudly display the Hunnewell Elementary school flag.
The Ms. G Bill is overwhelmingly passed by the Senate. Several Hunnewell Elementary students who assisted with the multi-year campaign witness this historic vote. Upon passage of the Ms. G Bill, students are treated to a standing ovation and many "high fives" from Senators.
Hunnewell Elementary students are extended a special invitation by Senate President Therese Murray to witness Senate debate and vote on the Ms. G Bill in the Senate Chamber. Students carry campaign posters and wear Ms. G buttons to show their continued support of Ms. G’s run for office.