Put away those winter clothes…

General Beauregard Lee, Georgia’s version of Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow today, signaling that spring may be less than six weeks away.

Awoken by the ringing of bells, TV camera lights and cheering, General Beauregard Lee emerged from his antebellum mansion at 7:35 a.m. Friday, went around to the back of his house before a crowd of 100 people and saw no shadow.

Beau’s northern colleague, Punxsutawney Phil, saw no shadow either.

Tradition holds that it means spring will come early. If the groundhog had seen his shadow, Georgia would have been in for six more weeks of winter.

“It’s hard to believe we’ll have six weeks of not bad weather,” said Art Rilling, owner of the Yellow River Game Ranch where the Georgia groundhog lives. “But that’s what he says, that’s what we’re going to live with.”

I know I am quite excited for “six weeks of not bad weather.” So how exactly do they get General Beauregard Lee to come out of that sweet Lilburn, Ga. mansion in the freezing cold?

Rilling said “Beau” comes out of the mansion on his own, but just before the annual forecasting event, a “scattered and smothered” supper dish of Waffle House hash browns is placed before his door to entice him to come out.

The warm winter prompted one change for the Georgia groundhog _ for the first time, he’s been sleeping in a hole that he dug in front of his house instead of inside his straw-filled mansion, Rilling said. But the groundhog moved back inside the mansion when weather turned cold again earlier this week.

But surely he cannot be right ALL of the time… can he?

No official records of Beau’s forecasts have been kept. His owners claim a 94 percent accuracy rating.

Close enough. So happy spring!

7 comments

  1. Geeze, can’t believe SB51 failed in Senate HHS cmte, guess nursing home owners and child welfare agencies don’t like to see their shadows either and put their money where the sun don’t shine???

    http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/sum/sb51.htm
    A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Department of Human Resources, so as to permit the department to obtain national criminal history background data on owners of personal care homes, private home care providers, and child welfare agencies; to provide for definitions; to provide for the establishment of a uniform method of obtaining national criminal history background checks; to prohibit owners with certain criminal records from operating licensed facilities; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes

    Where do you get the link to who voted against this?

  2. GOPeach says:

    My tulips are blooming
    in Vinings! Spring sprung early.

    Maybe that is a sign that Cobb GOP
    will have an official announcement
    in the morning at the Breakfast!

    I hope I can get out of bed early
    enough on a cold Feb. AM to get
    there!!! I have longed for this!

    This is exciting!

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