Amateur weather forecaster Joyce Dunkley has made her latest set of prediction for the autumn and winter seasons.
Miss Dunkley, of Little Bowden, makes her prognostications based on observations made at the vernal and autumnal equinoxes – the two days each year in which the sun lies exactly above the Earth’s equator.
Factors such as the colour of the sun as it rises, wind, rain, light and event the positions in which field mice have dug their holes play a part in her intensive studies.
Miss Dunkley, who has been undertaking her surveys for many years, predicts that we can look forward to a dry winter – warmer than average – but warns of several gales in the spring.
According to her latest recordings, it will be “a golden October, with some misty mornings, but sunny and quite warm days.”
November will be a bright month, with many frosty days, mainly dry.
There will be more wind in December and several days with light snow, but still some sunny days too.
In the New Year, January will be warmer than usual, but still expect a few wet days.
February will bring a much drier few weeks than normal, but there will be some strong winds and very sunny at the end of the month.
March, she says, will come “in like a lamb, warm and sunny; a windy finish, but dry.”
Story by Alex Blackwell
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