Johnny took the pup over the Jebediah's home, still at the corner of Bay St. and Warren with those piles of bricks that have been there for the last 12 years and asked him all about winter and seeing his shadow and what not. Johnny asked Jeb whether we still had six more weeks of winter.
"Winter, when is it going to start? I have no good idea, you're the people, you figure it out."
So, there you go, right from the wombat's mouth.