I've noticed the squirrels in my neighborhood (Greater Seattle area) have been super busy: knocking down tons of pine cones, gathering and burying food, ripping bark off trees for their nests, etc. It appears to correlate very well, every fall when squirrels are really busy, and the fatter they get, the snowier the winter. Last year, skinny squirrels = skinny snowpack. It's barely mid-August, and the squirrels are way ahead of schedule and busier than normal. Every weather forecaster and every model is predicting warmer and dryer in the PNW with the El Nino condition. Are they all wrong and the squirrels are right ? We can still have an El Nino condition, with a slight northerly shift of the much wetter weather, and if the jet stream cooperates and consolidates correctly, a few degrees cooler than expected, than BAM - Big Snow Winter in the PNW ???