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Tabloid Questions: Daily Mail weather forecasting swans go for third time lucky

by | 2nd, December 2016

Tabloid Questions – a look at headline-making questions in the national Press.

On Tuesday November 29, the Daily Mail asked: “Have swans predicted a mild winter?” The long-necked birds haven’t been presenting the wether on cable telly in Norwegian or otherwise. The Mail says swans have been forecasting the weather by arriving in the UK later than usual, a move “often interpreted as a sign of a mild winter to come”.

Often indeed.

 

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In 2007, the Mail asked: “Does the swans’ early arrival mean we’re in for an icy winter?” Said the paper:

The migrating Siberian swans have landed early this year, heralding harsh weather ahead.

Was it harsh? The Met Office told us:

December 2007 saw close to average daily mean temperatures over the UK, with January and February 2008 recording well above average temperatures.

In 2015, the Mail reported:

 

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… while the magnificent bird was probably relieved to reach the warmer climes of the UK, its arrival – the earliest in 50 years – may well usher in a particularly harsh and unforgiving winter.

Was the winter especially harsh? The Met Office tells us:

Winter 2015/16 was third-warmest for the UK in a series from 1910, behind the winters of 1989 and 2007. For England and Wales, it was the warmest winter in the series.

So have swans predicted a mild winter?

Still not sure? Maybe the Mail can help us to answer the question?

 

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In conclusion: never trust a Russian swan when you’re picking your winter coat.

Such are the facts.



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