15.10.2015 A long Winter? Ask a Swan...

When you can't rely on the weathermen maybe you should ask a Siberian swan. Their arrival in the UK usually heralds the start of our cold weather, but this year the first one has arrived nearly a month earlier than usual and because of this some experts are saying that this could be our longest Winter for 50 years. Temperatures in their Russian homeland were some 5 to 10 degrees colder than usual prompting the swans to call it a day and head south for the Winter. Currently most of them are massing in Holland for the next stage of their annual 2,500 mile trip. El Niño in the tropical Pacific has also kicked off earlier than usual and such early starts have been linked to some of Europe's coldest Winters. For the record, so far 2015 has produced the hottest July day since records began (nearly 37ºC at Heathrow on 1 July) as well as the coldest July day (just 1ºC for parts of Scotland some two weeks later) so perhaps another record is just around the corner.

 

Source: The Telegraph and a couple of Bewick swans