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Feb 2, 2010 5:00 PM by Veronica White

Cajun Groundhog Day Forecast In New Iberia

In Acadiana Groundhog Day is done differently than anywhere else in the country.

Pierre C. Shadeaux, the weather-forecasting nutria rat, takes the place of a groundhog.

The furry forecaster predicts differently:

"Like it is is for the yankee groundhog-- no shadow is good news. That means for us, though, a longer spring and putting off summer's heat and humidity," says organizer Will Chapman.

The Mayor, Parish President, and locals came out Tuesday morning, awaiting a good forecast on the 13th annual Cajun Groundhog Day at Bouligny Plaza.

On this day friends and family to gather and celebrate.

"It's part of our culture and I mean, it's Louisiana," says one 13-year-old viewer.

Pierre C. Shadeaux did not live up to his name on this day. With no spotting of his shadow, we are in for a beautiful lengthy spring and a shorter summer.

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