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Red skies at night, slimy seaweed and stay at home bees

Posted on: October 17, 2017

The British weather can be unpredictable to forecast at times but man has often turned to nature to provide an indication of rain, dry spells, high winds, snow and ice.

Closed dandelions indicate rain, slimy seaweed high humidity
A piece of seaweed becomes slimy when humidity is high, dandelions close when it clouds over and scarlet pimpernels close when humidity increases. But, despite popular opinion, an open pinecone is not a reliable indicator of dry weather.

Bees do not like the wet so stay put in the hive
People also look to animals as an indicator of the weather. For example, high-flying swallows are probably chasing insects on updrafts of warm air, which is a sign of stable, fine weather. Bees, on the other hand, do not like the wet weather and will remain by the hive if rain is on its way.

And, the assumption that cows lie down when wet weather is pending is probably not true. They are more likely to be simply chewing the cud or resting. 

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The stormy life of Brian

Posted on: October 3, 2017

September saw the commencement of the storm season in the UK with the arrival of Aileen which blew through the country on 12-13 of the month. It was a pretty severe one. It brought strong winds and heavy rain causing disruption to roads and railways.  
Many areas saw winds between 55–65 mph with the strongest gusts recorded on the Isle of Wight (83 mph) and Mumbles, Wales (74 mph).  Across the north of England, over 7,000 homes were left without power.

Brian is the next storm to hit the UK
And next up is Storm Brian. As yet there is no sign of when Brian will appear or how strong he will be. 
It’s actually quite reassuring to know that last year we only had FIVE official storms in the UK. The season was late in starting with Angus the first to appear in November, followed in December by Barbara and Conor. The in February we welcomed Doris and Ewan. It meant that Fleur, Gabriel and Ivor never got to make their bows. 

More storms and bad weather expected this winter

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