Besides raking leaves, another traditional harbinger of the fast approaching winter season is the appearance of wooly worms. For the “seasoned” among you, no explanation is necessary. For the un-initiated, it means that the shiver going up your spine is not from the northwest wind blowing leaves hither and yon–it comes from the sight of a completely dark wooly worm! Folklore and tradition says that the fewer light rings, the harsher the winter. Gulp.