Ms. G is a female groundhog who resides at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Since 2008, Ms. G has delivered an annual Groundhog Day weather forecast every February 2nd. As tradition holds, if she sees her shadow, winter will continue for six more weeks. No shadow means spring will be coming soon! Her prognostications are celebrated by fans across the state who appreciate her local weather expertise.
Long-time Boston TV Meteorologist Mish Michaels and her daughter, Nalina Ashlee, led the campaign to make Ms. G the Official State Groundhog for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2012, Mish met with Wellesley Representative Alice Peisch, who crafted Bill H.2864 designating Ms. G for the post of State Groundhog.
In January 2014, Nalina Ashlee and her classmates at Hunnewell Elementary School in Wellesley testified before a State House committee on behalf of Ms. G.
Thanks to the hard work of the many young campaign supporters, the Ms. G Bill moved favorably through both the House and Senate. On July 31st, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill into law, making Ms. G the Official State Groundhog of Massachusetts.
The hardcover children’s book, Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame, is based in part on Ms. G’s story. 10% of profits will go to support Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary where Ms. G resides.
Fun Fact: Ms. G began posting a forecast for Groundhog Day in 2008. According to analysis by the Blue Hill Weather Observatory, Ms. G has been accurate 60% of the time. The accuracy of seasonal forecasts generated by human weather experts is estimated to be around 50%.