Editors Note: After a decade of pressing on with their man-made global warming theory, the UN’s esteemed IPCC has been tripped up again by a higher power, namely, Mother Nature. For all the faithful followers of the climate change fear movement, brace yourself for yet another record-breaking winter snap in 2010-2011. In the UK, snow has already fallen inYorkshire and drivers were stranded in cars following blizzards in Scotland. How many consecutive record-breaking winters will it take before we finally wake up to the reality that man’s CO2 is not heating up the globe and causing seas to rise and come to terms with the fact that any policies built on the back of this 21st century science fiction should be binned immediately? At any rate, it’s time to bundle up…
The first migrating Siberian swans have arrived three weeks early as Britain braces itself for a blast of Arctic weather.
By Heidi Blake
Oct 19, 2010
The birds fly 2,500 miles from Russia each year to escape the freezing winds blowing behind them. According to folklore, their early arrival signals the start of a long, harsh winter.
Eight Bewick swans touched down in Britain late on Sunday night, marking the earliest arrival since 2003.
They landed as a blast of cold air swept in from the Arctic, bringing frost and sub-zero temperatures to many parts over the weekend. The village of Benson near Wallingford, Oxfordshire, recorded the lowest temperature of 38.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-3.5C) on Saturday night.
The Met Office forecasts that it will get even colder by mid-week, with daytime temperatures as low as 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5C) in some parts and cold winds expected to bring a dusting of snow to higher ground in the north.
The birds landed at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust nature reserve at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, and will be followed by around 300 more over the coming weeks.
Last year, the first swans landed two weeks later but in much larger numbers, marking the start of the coldest winter for 31 years.
Staff spotted the Bewick swans, distinguishable by a bright yellow patch at the top of their beaks, at dawn yesterday.
James Lees, the reserve warden, said: “Forecasters have predicted it will be just as cold this winter as last and the Bewick’s’ early arrival could support this, and could even mean we are in for an even colder winter this year.
“If nothing else they have brought the Arctic weather with them as this week is set to be fairly chilly.”