Wet. Its always wet.
We are into the realms of fantasy now. The BBC forecasts are so inaccurate that I always go with the opposite of what they tell me and I'm right 50% of the time.
I always said that there was nobody more accurate than Bill Foggitt. His opinion was sought by Yorkshire television and he used seaweed.
No, you can't predict.
Someone will though, every year, and every year people forget how wrong the previous predictions have been. The met office gave up long range forecasts for that reason. Last year we were predicted a very bad winter. It was the first winter in my recollection that our area got no snow at all.
How could berries on a plant predict what is going to happen? They tell us what has happened.
valerieroberts wrote (see)
Just going by my grandad (1896 to 1986) nutcutlet, he used to say that if there were plenty of berries on the bushes it was to feed the birds and it was a sign of a bad long winter. I do agree it probably was because of a good spring, but you never know
Valerie, we do know
I predict that it will rain or snow when I have time to be in the garden and will be beautifully sunny when I have to be doing other things.
According to the giant pine cones from my tree today is dry inside but wet outside and I can confirm that this is 100% correct. I was going to take some pictures to illustrate this but my camera battery says it's exhausted. I know how it feels!
Too right. Lots of berries simply indicates what kind of growing season the trees and shrubs have had.
I've been googling about and it seems no-one in the weather world wants to stick their neck out yet. Apart form anything else, in meteorological terms, we still have 2.5 months of autumn to go before winter starts on Dec 1st. There's also the El Nino joker in the pack.
One chap tho has done some statistical analysis and thinks cool wet Septembers lead to colder winters - http://www.theweatheroutlook.com/twoother/latest.aspx
The only thing to do really is wait ad see and be prepared with fences and structures repaired, fleece, coldframes and shelter ready for plants and hibernating critters and lots of bird food.