Mass. Groundhog Predicts Longer Winter

(NECN: Mike Cronin) – Massachusetts has its own groundhog to make predictions about the weather on Groundhog Day.

Both Punxsutawney Phil and Ms. G, the Mass. groundhog, saw their shadows this year. Legend has it; this means that there will be six more weeks of winter.

“We don’t feel like Punxsutawney Phil has much sway here in Massachusetts. I mean, we wouldn’t use a weather forecaster from Pennsylvania to tell us our local weather,” said Tia Penney of a Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.

Dozens of families gathered at the sanctuary on Sunday to witness Ms. G give her forecast. But, not everyone was happy with her prediction.

“I didn’t see the shadow and I wanted spring to be here, cause then, after spring, there is no school,” said Asia Faline, a Wellesley school student.

Blue Hill Weather Observatory says Ms. G is correct in her forecast 60% of the time.

“It’s looking like if she’s right today, which I think she is going to be, that’ll bring her percentage up to 70 percent,” said Don McCasland of the observatory.

A vote is ahead in the next coming weeks to make Ms. G the official groundhog of Massachusetts.

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