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Georgia's groundhog prediction

The Southern varmint's prediction differed early Monday from
that of his famous Northern colleague, Punxsutawney Phil, who did
see his shadow, meaning winter will last another six weeks.

Beau emerged from his mock-up antebellum mansion at the Yellow
River Game Ranch in Lilburn about 7:30 a.m. under overcast skies
and a temperature of 30 degrees.

A small crowd, many waving pompoms, clapped and cheered.

No official records of Beau's forecasts have been kept, but his
owner, Art Rilling, has said he's only missed once in his career.

That one miss was a biggie.

Beau called for an early spring in 1993 and the worst blizzard in decades blasted the South.


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