With cloudy skies above Dunkirk Dave's den on Farmlane Drive in the town of Dunkirk, the weather-forecasting groundhog predicted early spring weather for Western New York.
Dave did not see his shadow, and according to legend, that means the area will see spring weather much sooner than expected.
After waking up from a restful sleep, the groundhog came out of his hole, ran around in a circle and enjoyed the company of a small gathering of Dunkirk Dave fans.
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Bob Will watches as Dunkirk Dave predicts an early spring.
Shortly after the groundhog emerged, Dunkirk Dave's handler Bob Will declared the official prediction.
"Looks like it's going to be early spring weather," Will said.
While Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow, predicting more winter weather, Will insists that Dunkirk Dave gives a more accurate forecast for what the weather will be here in Western New York. Will also said that Dave's accuracy rate is around 90 percent.
Dunkirk's groundhog received national media attention today. Dave was featured in a story that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.