Thu., February 2, 2012 6:18am (EST)

Gen. Lee: Spring Is Coming
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

LILBURN, Ga.  —  
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 famous Pennsylvania counterpart. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.freefoto.com/preview/45-01-1/Sunrise>Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com</a>.)
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 famous Pennsylvania counterpart. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)
Georgia's groundhog, Gen. Beauregard Lee, waddled out of his "Weathering Heights" mansion and failed to see his shadow on the red dirt beneath him.

The development bodes well for warm weather:

No shadow means an early spring, hundreds of spectators were told as the prediction was made around 7:30 a.m. Thursday near Lilburn.

The groundhog emerged to make the prediction moments after a crowd cheered, "Go Beau, Go Beau, Go Beau!"

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 famous Pennsylvania counterpart.

The ranch says that every year on Feb. 2, the Georgia groundhog wakes up to the ringing of an antique bell outside his mansion to forecast the spring weather.