Dunkirk Dave Calls For Early Spring In Groundhog Day Prediction

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DUNKIRK, NY (WNY News Now) – It’s Groundhog Day, and Dunkirk Dave has a few things to say about the winter season in Chautauqua County. 

Dozens lined up to watch as beloved groundhog, Dunkirk Dave, braved the winter weather to predict how long the season will last.

According to tradition, if a groundhog sees their shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, spring will come early this year.

On a cold Thursday morning, Dave emerged from his home to enjoy some fresh pumpkin pie from Portage Pie in Westfield and did not see his shadow.

Of the dozens that turned out to greet Dunkirk Dave, included two Jamestown teens. 

“The other day we saw (Punxsutawney) Phil who is in Pennsylvania, and we were gonna head out there,“ explained 17-year-old Rylan. “But it was going to be so packed. And then we realized that there’s a local groundhog that we could come out and see.”    

“We are actually skipping school for this, so yeah,” said 16-year-old Zoe.

Dunkirk Dave has been predicting the weather for close to 50 years. This was the first year since the pandemic that the public was invited to attend.


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