‘If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall…’
An urban fox attacked and killed two ravens in the Tower of London where, according to superstition, there must be six of the birds or else the monarchy, the kingdom and the Tower itself will fall.
The unfortunate ravens, Jubilee and Grip, were snatched and eaten just before they were due to be locked up in their cages overnight.
AMBER EARLY WARNING of WIND for southern England, south Wales, the Midlands and Eastern England.
A very intense low pressure system is forecast to run across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather. At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding.
There is the potential for gusts of 60-80 mph quite widely and locally over 80 mph.
There is some uncertainty in the timing, intensity and exact track of the low so keep up to date with the forecast.
Be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures. Disruption to transport and power supplies is also possible.
reply to post by woogleuk
Let's put it this way, the storm of '87 (which was just being discussed in another thread) was a damn sight worse than this one will be...and we came through unscathed.
Now , usually I wouldn't think a fox eating a bird was weird but what with this prophecy and the fact that the UK is about to be battered by the biggest storm in three decades, I thought it was worthy of a post.
I would say our climate is one of the most stable.
"Britain's unique weather is all down to the fact it is an island and where it's positioned on the planet, between the Atlantic Ocean and a large land mass, continental Europe," says Helen Chivers from the Met Office. "There is a lot going on meteorologically where we are."
Britain is under an area where five main air masses meet. An air mass is a large body of air that has similar temperature and moisture properties throughout.
In the UK they are either polar or tropical, depending on where the air mass originated; they are also divided into maritime or continental, depending on whether the air has passed over land or sea.
They come from all directions and can bring all types of weather.
When they meet it creates a weather front. The air masses fight it out and the one that wins dictates the weather. The bigger the difference the worse the weather can be. There is a sixth air mass, the returning Polar Maritime, which is a variation of the Polar Maritime.
As for battered all the time; in my 25 years I don't think I've ever seen a particularly bad storm. At least not one I remember. I would say our climate is one of the most stable.
reply to post by ALOSTSOUL
If they're so worried about having at least 6, why don't they stock it with 20?
Is there something in the prophecy that says they can't have MORE than 6?
I highly doubt a storm such as this would cause the united kingdom to fall. The south are getting the worst of it and the further north you get the less warnings there are. I'm in manchester and its only a yellow warning, which will probably just turn out to be typical manchester weather.
Anyway, we survived the spice girls, we can survive this
According to the article linked in the original post (which no one appears to have read) they have more than 6 ravens just to be on the safe side.