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Predicting spring and summer weather, sun or soak? according to the birds…

Having previously mentioned here, my passion for tracking Europe's returning African visitors, I recently attempted an analysis of the latest data from the Gibraltar region. To do this, I reviewed a spreadsheet, set up in previous years that use the First dates of migrant bird sightings, sourced from Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society. Having gone through my seven randomly chosen bird species' arrival dates (on return … Continue reading Predicting spring and summer weather, sun or soak? according to the birds…

Some late winter warmth?

Click on the reblogged from Matt Hugo link above for the rest of the post.

The effect this upcoming spell of weather will have on Phenology events will be most interesting. Some potentially record-breaking Temperatures could occur in the South of the United Kingdom. Given some sunshine, Bees, Butterflies and Blooms will be the most likely candidates, alongside the early migrant birds brought in by the Southwesterly flow.

Fascinating times ahead.

Regards, Tony Powell

Well the phrase “In like a lion, out like a lamb” could well sum up February by the looks.  Clearly the first half of the month or the opening week or two experience a far different spell of weather than experience so far through the winter given a continental feed of cold or very cold air across the UK.  The difference between earlier in the month and the coming week will be significant!…

The latest FAX chart for Thursday helps to highlight the reason why;

The synoptic evolution through this week will be characterised by high pressure to the south or south-west of the UK and low pressure systems developing and passing to the north and north-west through the week.  The combination of these two synoptic features later in the week will be for the development of a very mild and moist south-westerly air mass from the Azores.  I highlighted…

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Not what to expect, come Mid-November!

As if to confirm, a quote I saw on a fellow subscriber's blog, I give you some news. The Nearly half way through November post and it's reference to "the seasons’ constant cycle ignores the diary" seems somehow appropriate, in light of current ornithological sightings. By no means unprecedented, but interesting nonetheless, I will present the following snippets, courtesy of Birdguides. … Continue reading Not what to expect, come Mid-November!

Winter Thrush update and Migration news

Well, things never cease to amaze. The exceptionally warm weather of late September into early October saw five (yes, 5) consecutive date records, in terms of maximum temperatures. Amazing, as that seems, my gut instinct was that the birds (particularly the migrant species) would not be affected by these absurd conditions. The climate is always … Continue reading Winter Thrush update and Migration news

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