Time for the annual prognostication regards the severity of the upcoming winter.
For those of you not in tune with rural folk lore it is generally believed that Woolly Bear caterpillars are somehow "in the know" about the cold weather season ahead. They are usually a two tone color scheme with the lighter central band being the relevant oracular sign. The wider the light brown center stripe, the milder the winter.
Here for your long range planning is the first Woolly Bear I encountered in the predictive season (actually it was 6 August, a little early for these guys)
As you can see the entire 'pillar is light brown. That's it folks, mildest winter on record coming our way. Cancel that February trip to the Caribbean. Consider Minot North Dakota as a toasty alternative.
Of course the little vermin have lied to me a few times in recent memory.