We have many members (elsewhere in the world) with longer Winters than down here in the Eastern Atlantic Coast - I know you should read anything by FINMAN or FINSKY (search for those posts - he is more of a reader than a writer these days here, but he surely has a fan base.
If He can do great things with bees with a three month Summer and no Fall to speak of, you should be A-okay.
Wecome aboard, it is GREAT to have you with us. And you are right, you'll read the wisdom written here, and get to pick a side on some hot topic of the week - lol. I think you'll have fun, please look around the different forums - some others besides bee may peak your interest too :)