From Meteorologist Steve Glazier,
Tuesday morning more white stuff was falling from the sky. A Lake Placid, NY webcam courtesy the Northwood School was showing a light to moderate snow shower during the 8 o'clock hour, shown on the left-hand-side here. As we get these shots of cool air and snow showers in October, everyone's wondering....what is Mr. Winter going to bring us this year?!
Well I already have my winter 2012-2013 mountain forecast in the books and I'm calling for an Even Steven kind of winter for the sky resorts. I believe we'll have an 'about-average' year for snowfall. I give the resorts a +/- 5% snowfall compared to their average years.
Leading up to this Autumn, I have heard a lot about what the bees are doing. "The bees are building their nests high, so that means a harsh winter is coming." I heard this from a lot of people. I'm not too sure how true it is. At the same time I won't discount it at all! I love hearing how animals, bugs, etc. react to the weather and how they can predict the upcoming season.
Another fun one is the wooly bear caterpillar. I've heard that the thickness of the caterpillar's brown section can determine the upcoming season. I think it is the 'thicker the brown area, the harsher the winter.' Correct me if I'm wrong! Also feel free to e-mail me with any other phrases you've heard firstname.lastname@example.org I have found two wooly bear caterpillars this Autumn. One in Burlington had a small brown area. The other in Warren, VT had a larger brown area. For me, that coincides nicely to my thoughts for snowfall this year! (slightly less than avg valleys, closer to avg mountains) The real answer to the question of 'how much snow' will come May 1 when we can look back at this season :) Until then, as Eric from Mad River Glen says, *think snow!* (that's if you want it).