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13th Oct 2015

Are We Set For The Coldest Winter in Over 50 Years?!

Surely nothing can beat the winters of 2010 and 2011

Rebecca McKnight

If you thought the winters of 2010 and 2011 were bad, you’re not going to like the sound of this.

It seems (please note, nothing is confirmed) we could be in for the harshest winter in over 50 years, that is if reports in the UK are anything to go by.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a flock of Bewick Swans (which migrate from Siberia) have arrived at a reserve in Gloucestershire.


We know what you’re thinking; why are you telling us this?! Well, their arrival is considered as the first sign winter has arrived.

Speaking about it, swan expert Julia Newth told the publication: “Apparently there’s a Russian saying that ‘the swan brings snow on its bill’, because they tend to move just ahead of the cold weather.

“Of course, we can’t infer much from the arrival of a single swan but it’s certainly exciting this bird has arrived so early.”


Not only that but they have arrived earlier than usual. In fact, this is their earliest arrival since 1963 which suggests that the UK and Ireland could be in for a harsh winter.

The presence of the El Nino weather pattern in the tropical Pacific (warmer waters) also indicates that the approaching European winter could be more severe.

Anyone else find themselves reaching for a blanket just reading about it? No, just us? Hey, at least we’re warm.