LILBURN, Ga. -- Gen. Beauregard Lee, Georgia's famous groundhog, waddled out of his "Weathering Heights" mansion and failed to see his shadow in the red Georgia dirt.
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The development bodes well for warm weather -- no shadow means an early spring, hundreds of spectators were told as the prediction was made at around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
Beau's caretakers at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn say he has a 94 percent accuracy rating, giving him a better record than Punxsutawney Phil, his Pennsylvania counterpart.
The ranch says that every year on Feb. 2, the Georgia groundhog wakes up to the ringing of an antique bell to forecast the spring weather.
Follow Beau on Twitter: @GameRanch.