Monthly Archives: December 2011

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A white Christmas? I think not…….

Oh well, here’s the view from the experts.

Whatever you do guys n gals, enjoy the festive period.

Festive Regards

Tony Powell

I’m planning ahead, well hopefully?

It’s the 18th December and in recent weeks, I have been busily entering data into the BTO BirdTrack Project. The latest data that I have entered is particularly broad ranging and precise as it covers my records from the surveying work for the GWCT. Even now, I still have some way to go, but intend to finish by the end of the year, this being particularly important as the Breeding Bird Atlas figures are required by then.

Next, it will be upping the research for my followers and lurkers who wish to know more about this Phenology malarkey, which as I have said before, are the main ethics behind this blog. On that note, nature continues to be confused with a personal report of a singing Blackbird in December, alongside the more usually singing members of the Thrush family, Song Thrush and Robin. Even more bizarre, courtesy of Birdguides once again, are further reports of migrant species loitering on our islands. Northern Wheatear, Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler to name but some, are 3,000 to 5,000 miles or more away from their wintering grounds. Strange but true!

Getting back to personal Phenological records of the past, some events have occurred before the year has even turned. One event that springs (geddit) to mind was a Great Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming, during December, in one particular season. So all is not what it first appears to be, in the ever-changing world of nature.

One last thought I would like to share with you all is the following http://thedragonflywoman.com/2011/12/18/social-science/ link. This particular blog is a wealth of information for folk, into their Dragonflies and more especially insects. The fantastic thing about this, is the fact that she (Christine), is also an addicted Citizen Scientist. Boy!, I know how she feels.

Goodbye all.

Tony Powell

Wild Week Ahead for the United Kingdom

A weather related post again from me.

Here’s the latest advice for the upcoming working week, from those in the know, in the world of meteorology.

Wild Week Ahead – Latest Weather News – Netweather.tv.

Enough said and confidence is very high as its been on the weather forecasts since Friday Night.

Tony Powell

Benefiting Wildlife and the Farming community in tough times

I receive regular emails from differing conservation bodies so today; I would like to share some news with you.

Occasionally, in nature, it is the simple decisions that prove to be of most value to the natural world.

Here is some fascinating video advice showing sustainable wildlife farming, courtesy of the Campaign for the Farmed Environment.

See here for further details.

Also courtesy of Farmers Weekly Interactive, comes the following news release from Defra.

See here for further information on this hot topic.

All the very best,

Tony Powell

Severe Weather Incoming for Scotland in particular

The unseasonal autumn weather has left me feeling miserable, desperately waiting for some active weather and on top of that, I now have a cold. Looking back at autumn, here are the official UK statistics – UK has a warm autumn – Met Office

So, as we are now moving into meteorological winter, what is on the cards? Interestingly, the weather is cranking up a gear or two. During recent days, there have been several inches of snow in Scotland and on the northern hills. Next up, for tomorrow and in the forthcoming days, there will be a series of very active storms, see below for this very newsworthy story.

Severe Weather Incoming – Latest Weather News – Netweather.tv.

  • Stay tuned to the media sources if in the affected areas; this is potentially life threatening for some.

Keep safe and best wishes.

Tony Powell

Now where’s that hot toddy!

Hello winter.

Welcome to winter, well only in terms of the meteorological calendar, is it winter. Confused, see the winter solstice pages here.

So on reflection, what was meteorological Autumn like, well when looking back at my weather station, you can clearly see the UK (at least the southern part) was both, exceptionally mild and dry. The figures in the red boxes show consecutively warmer months, with November notably warmer than average. The figures in the blue boxes show the worrying rainfall deficit, each month, being well below normal.

Looking back at Autumn
Looking back at Autumn

Actually, if December was to become even a normal month, in terms of precipitation, i.e. with 64.7mm falling from the skies from this point on. The deficit would still be, well over 100mm (4 inches) in old money. It would be depressing times indeed, if this were to continue, furthermore the official forecasts I’ve seen, suggest it will. Into 2012 and beyond, there is likely to be a desperate need for water in Southern England, because bizarrely, the current government wishes to reinvigorate our economy, by creating yet more urban development. This part of the country is already under strain in terms of its population, a crude estimate of 25 million, with 12-14 million in the London area alone. Sadly, in my opinion, the first thing requiring reinvigorating is the rainfall. Statistically, the trend of decreasing rainfall down south has been continuing for many a recent year. However, much further north, the reality is most certainly different.

This is most definitely, a cause for debate.

Best Wishes

Tony Powell