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Official Mass. groundhog ‘predicts’ more winter

The sun was shining when Ms. G, the official state groundhog, came out Tuesday at the Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln.
John Tlumacki/Globe staff
The sun was shining when Ms. G, the official state groundhog, came out Tuesday at the Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln.

It looks like six more weeks of winter are in store for Massachusetts — Ms. G, the official state groundhog, saw her shadow when she went outside Tuesday morning.

The Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln held a special event for Ms. G’s official “prognostication.” With a mostly sunny day forecast, it was no surprise when the groundhog saw her shadow.

“We leave it to Ms. G to decide with her own scientific methods,” said Renata Pomponi, sanctuary director. “It may be that she knows things that we don’t about what’s coming up for the weather in Massachusetts.”

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This is the ninth year Ms. G has given the forecast, Pomponi said, and her second year as the official state groundhog.

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About 400 people, including schoolchildren, gathered at the farm to watch Ms. G give her forecast, Pomponi said.

With a warmer-than-average winter so far in Greater Boston, some residents might be surprised to hear that the worst might be ahead.

Meanwhile, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog of Pennsylvania, did not see his shadow when he wandered outside Tuesday. That region has already faced near record-breaking wintry conditions this year, so a prediction of early spring could be reassuring.

Ms. G made an appearance before a crowd of mostly children.
John Tlumacki/Globe staff
Ms. G made an appearance before a crowd of mostly children.

J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto. Mina Corpuz can be reached at mina.corpuz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz.