To this is added natural data that nature provides, this includes the arrival and departure dates of birds, ducks and geese, the flowering times of bush and tree blossoms, the flowering times of certain wild plants; the proliferation or otherwise of insects, bees, wasps and butterflies and the action of certain wild animals, deer, foxes, badgers, rabbits etc.
To this natural data is added the established dates of such periods as Blackthorn winter, 11th - 14th April; the dates of the ice-maidens, 11th to 14th May, St Luke’s little summer, a short period between 18th and 28th October and St Martin’s little summer a few days around the 11th November.
Finally, adjacent to the moon phases is added the entries from the moon chart describing what weather for that moon phase may be expected.
Whilst all this may sound disjointed, when actually laid out in date order for each month a giant jig-saw slowly but surely falls into place, the result being a comprehensive factual assessment of the weather for the month.
All the above comprise the necessary data for the spreadsheet.
For the written monthly report all the above are included in date sequence, but additionally is added in the body of the month are all the tried, tested, and trusted saws or sayings, that over the years I have been doing this, have proven to be reliable and trustworthy.
Many of these are valid for the immediate weather, others for a month ahead and some for up to six months or more ahead. For example the hottest days in June will correspondingly give the coldest days in the following February. If the grass is growing on 1st January, then the farmer can only expect one hay harvest that year.
Each month a downloadable pdf is added to the 'Forecasts' page containing all the data for the following month and gives a full description of all the processes used and why.
Additionally advance weather predictions will be provided, six months ahead at three times a year, with amendments where necessary (this is essential since there are certain dates that affect the following 90 days weather).