I hear all the time you need to prepare your hives for winter. However, winter starts at different times around the country. My wife and I are taking a beginning beekeeper class and the instructor says when the daytime temperatures start staying in the 50-60 degree range, that's when your hives should be in their wintertime configuration. Does that pretty much jive with the general consensus? Now, remember, I'm in central Alabama and our first frost doesn't happen until mid-November, maybe, and our temps don't stay down in the 50's until November or December.