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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

How Do They Know?

 

We have no need of a weather forecast to tell us when it is going to be a cold night – son’s mischief of rats always lets us know.  In fact, they are more reliable than the forecast for knowing when a cold spell is coming.




Today, all four rats (in between bouts of sleeping) have been busy building “nests” of newspaper and coconut fibre, so they can be snug and warm when the temperature drops – which it is forecast to do overnight.




What intrigues me, is how do they know?  How can they tell, when the day is sunny and reasonably warm, that it is going to turn cold?

Nature is truly a wonderful mystery 😊

Margaret



19 comments:

  1. Mittens. do you watch the rats at all? F thinks I might for a while and then have to put them out of my mind if I couldn't actually try to eat one. Tell Margaret we like her new picture at the top (and the rat does look sort of cute). Tell her too, that we animals are still more in touch with nature than humans are these days. xxx Mr T

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    1. Hi Tigger. I confess that the rats don't interest me at all (I am not a hunter) but my sister Millie often gets a growling for sitting and watching them. M says she is glad you like her new picture - it is the River Avon in Christchurch. Mittens xx 😻

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  2. I agree. I think they may have been making nests here in Jersey despite it being* nearly summer. Definitely wintery weather at the moment. Stay cosy. B x

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  3. Nature is wonderful and mysterious. I used to keep pet rats when I was a child and they were the most intelligent creatures.

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  4. Hello,
    Nature is a mystery. It is cooler here, I feel like wrapping myself in a blanket.
    Have a happy day!

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  5. Your new header is very beautiful. Great choice. As for the rats predicting the weather, I suspect that outdoors they are able to detect changes in barometric pressure and respond accordingly, but whether they do so indoors where their environment is stable, I am not sure.

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    1. Yes, we had wondered about barometric pressure affecting them but could find no evidence to suggest that. So much that we don't know ...

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  6. I think animals are closer to nature than we now are and can feel much than we do, storms, earthquakes...

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  7. I think animals instinctively know when bad weather is coming so they can prepare ahead of time. It's a matter of survival! I love your beautiful header picture!

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  8. How do the animals know these things. They are far more in touch with mother nature than us.
    So many mysteries.

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  9. Amazing. I didn’t know that about rats. Guess it’s why they are so prolific.

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  10. Animals are amazing with things like that. Some things we just don't understand!

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  11. Interesting that the rats seem to know when it's going to be cold.

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  12. What fascinating creatures - doesn't make me like them any more though :)
    Hope you enjoyed the frost this morning - -1.8 oC here... getting up was hard!
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  13. Rats are clever - and cute. And with some weather-radar, lucky you.

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  14. Muy interesante, así te informan si va a hacer frío. Besos.

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  15. Love the new Header!

    My joints tell me (start to hurt), when a storm is coming, and the barometer is falling. Perhaps it is some change in the atmosphere, which comes with colder weather, which "tells" them?

    Gentle hugs...
    🔔 😊 🔔

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  16. That's very interesting . . . God certainly created all things to have a mind of survival. Maybe animals better than man . . . looking around and seeing the things we've done to our planet.

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  17. Animals just seem to have some weird sense. It's not much better weather wise up here either, alot of grubby rainy days but that's winter I guess.

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