Pyracantha – the next big thing in weather prediction?

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

An old great aunt of mine use to return from her annual vac taken at Whitstable or Broadstairs with a piece of sea weed.

This was religiously hung up on her veranda and consulted about the weather.

It would curl up if dry weather was in the offing and go limp and flaccid if wet………

Supposedly!

I mean, I can perceive that it might absorb incoming moist air.

But alas I don’t remember her success rate.

You can of course see where my drift is leading.

You cannot exactly take it away from the old girl for trying – although I do remember with the cockiness of youth thinking it all a huge joke! It is a commonplace subject of UK conversation, that for all their high tech accoutrements ‘the weathermen’ do not exactly ‘get the weather right.’

Peter Gibbs of TV weather fame in November’s English Garden magazine, in a piece called ‘Winds of Change’, does not, bless him, seem to have a clue what sort of weather we are going to have this winter.

Are we to get stuck in ‘the mobile westerlies’ as up until last year? Warm and wet, that is.

Or will high pressure open ‘the door to those cold easterlies all the way from Siberia.’

He doesn’t know.

Neither I suspect does the Pyracantha which I snapped in Banwell this morning on the way back  from a client/contractor meeting.

I am not sure I have ever seen more berry on this genus and Pyracanthas are quite definitely the glowing colour on the streets at the moment.

I snapped idly away. It was stupendously weighed down with berry. And a woman only a tad bigger than the rather boisterous Afghan she was walking (or was it walking her?) seemed to be of the same opinion.

‘That means its going to be a hard winter’ she said with some relish, laughed manically (why is it that dog owners get to resemble their dogs?) as she was dragged into the distance.

Now that I don’t buy. It is however a commonplace of folklore.

What?

God, The Universe or the Pyracantha suddenly got generous and protective?

I don’t think so.

Actually Pyracantha is especially susceptible to poor berrying through poor pollination due to bad weather in the Spring.

It just means that the weather was good when it was flowering in the Spring to allow the pollinators, mainly bees, good access to the blossom. Its that simple!

And what will the weather do?

You know we are not meant to know that.

Think what the bankers and the hedge fund managers would do if they knew that!

R

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