We are in the middle of an unseasonable cold snap. I've sorted through my coats, hats and mittens and brought out the warmest. The Farmers Almanac is predicting a bad winter.
I prefer to hope the Woolly Bears are right.
The theory is that the brown stripes correlate to mild winter weather. The greater the number of brown segments, the milder the winter.
This year the Woolly Bears have a large number of brown segments, but they are shifted toward the back of the caterpillar. I'll take colder weather now if it means warmer weather in January!