Blackberries in February – sign o’ cold times ahead

UPDATE; March / April 2018

Relates to posts from Nov / December 2017 The Way of the Blackberry
( nature forearming is human society forewarned ).
London Dada vs. Met Office challenge.

Berries failing to fall from the branch, as is usual in late autumn, pointing to a severe cold spell with ground frozen = nature preparing an emergency survival larder for the birds. Yet Met Office long-term forecast for winter 2017/18 was ” average, nothing special ( low confidence.  ) ”

Update mid February 2018 ; Met Office warning of prolonged ” Beast From the East “… daytime temperatures sub zero and outlook for “blizzards across the south of England”

UPDATE Easter 2018, Beast From the East bite No. 3 ( ! ) on its way

Thomasz Schafernaker, our friend from the Met Office catching up with Nature.

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” Historic disruptive cold spell “ Record-Breaking”  – words that Michael Dukes ( MetDesk @ the Guardian ) used on March 20th 2018, to describe the freakishly cold spells, or “Beast From the East” 1, 2 & now Easter predicted 3.

Absolutely no hint of this in the Met Office’s own Long Range winter forecast back in November 2017 ( see above ), but which, as artist Michael St.Mark observed, Nature herself certainly did.

VALIDATION of LONDON DADA’s severe cold prediction based on last year’s Autumn berries extremely unusually, if not uniquely, lingering on the branch well into January and beyond as Nature’s own emergency food reserve preparation to aid bird survival during the extreme cold she saw coming.

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The Guardian, Weather page Overview, 20th March 2018

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Links to Post; The Way of the Blackberry – a Foggitt Forecast

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