Thousands of his fans gathered this morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to watch the famous groundhog deliver his highly anticipated weather forecast. The one and only Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow around 7:30am and did not see his shadow thus predicting an early spring. A member of Phil’s Inner Circle read from the groundhog’s prediction scroll to cheers and applause from the masses, “Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be.”
Here in Britain we are experiencing the hottest summer since 1976 according to modern records. Heathrow had sixteen consecutive days over 30°C from 23rd June to 8th July and for fifteen consecutive days from 23rd June to 7th July temperatures reached 32.2°C somewhere in England. Furthermore, five days saw temperatures exceed 35°C. On 28th June, temperatures reached 35.6 °C in Southampton, the highest June temperature ever recorded in the UK. The hottest day of all was 3rd July, when the temperatures reached 35.9°C in Cheltenham.
It’s the time of the year for music festivals to get underway and already the news is full of Glastonbury mud and scenes of fans trudging through the sludge. It is easy to feel smug while we sit here at a dry Jammy Toast looking through photos of people looking muddy to use to illustrate today’s post. However, let’s face it, this isn’t the first time – and it certainly won’t be the last – that Glastonbury turns a bit wet and wild. But why does it always look so much worse at Glastonbury than at any other UK festival?
An historic blizzard has struck large parts of the eastern United States, dumping 18 inches of snow in only a few hours in places. As soon as daylight emerged this morning, the extent of the overnight snowfall became clear. The snow storm has been christened Snowmageddon by the Americans.
Here at Jammy Toast we are more or less ready for Christmas and, like the rest of the country, hoping for a white one. However, statistically we are more likely in this country to have a white Easter than a white Christmas! December is the start of the UK snow window, and it takes just one snowflake to fall on London on the 25th December to get the bookmakers to pay out on bets. Yet wintry weather is actually more common between January and March. But how did we become so obsessed with snow at Christmas, and what are the chances of it actually happening?
Although this Bengal Tiger may look cute, this is actually a portrait of a tiger in distress. We have had hot weather here in England but Pakistan has been hit by the worst heat wave in more than a decade, with temperatures reaching 45°c this week. The heat has killed more than 800 people and sent 8,000 to the hospital since Sunday.
Despite the fact they have their fur coats to keep them warm, the bears have been feeling the chill the past few days. While temperatures drop, we here at Jammy Toast – just like many homes around the country – have to decide if it is time to crank-up the boiler and put the heating on. However, why do some people, or bears, feel the cold more than others? Every year is the same, while some argue that we need to turn the thermostat up, others say we should save the pennies and keep the heating off for as long as possible.
Everyone has been complaining of the hot weather lately and dreading bedtime when all they do is lie awake waiting for sleep. As Britain basks in this heat-wave we thought we would ask the bears how they sleep in the heat – even in their fur coats. While the humid weather across Britain has made for uncomfortable nights for many, our bears just seem to be able to sleep as though everything was normal. How do they do it?
To keep everyone updated on developments here at the bear sanctuary we are starting a new series of posts today. Called “Update” these posts will be an infrequent feature for when we have some news to tell you about. In the past we have had “Bear News” and “Blog News” as well as posts regarding any other news we needed to relay. Update will replace all these posts to keep all our friends up to date with all things Renault Bear related.
We are all fed-up today. The other week we had beautiful weather with the sun beating down every day and we thought the summer had arrived. Now each day just gets worse than its predecessor. It has hardly stopped raining all week and what started out looking like a promising summer has now deteriorated into the normal British summer – rain and more rain.