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N.E. groundhog shows sign of an early spring

JOANNE RATHE/GLOBE STAFF

Ms. G did not find a shadow at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary yesterday. The animal came to Drumlin in 2003.

Ms. G doesn’t care what Punxsutawney Phil says. Spring is on the way in New England.

The groundhog works as an educational ambassador for the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln.

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After being released from her cage in front of a crowd of about 100 people yesterday, Ms. G walked around sniffing the area and showed no fear of her shadow, which onlookers interpreted as the sign that winter has run its course.

Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, on the other hand, saw his shadow yesterday and “predicted’’ another six weeks of winter.

“It will be interesting to see who’s more accurate,’’ said naturalist Tia Pinney of Drumlin Farm.

Whether or not there are six weeks left in winter, uncommonly warm temperatures have been normal this season.

The high temperature in Boston yesterday was 45, which is above normal for this time of year, said Rebecca Gould, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Ms. G showed no fear of her shadow, the sign that winter has run its course.

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No precipitation, snow or rain, is in the forecast for the Boston area for the next week.

By Wednesday, Boston had accumulated 7.8 inches of snow this winter, while the average up to this point is about 24 inches.

Last year was unusually snowy, with 67.1 inches falling by this time. Ms. G did n ot have a prediction last year because the event was snowed out.

The record for the least snow in a season is 9 inches, set in the winter of 1936 and 1937, said meteorologist Charlie Foley.

Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.
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