Weatherman Predicts Year Ahead for Ireland

Auckland-born weatherman Ken Ring has made his latest predictions for the coming Northern winter, forecasting a white December for Ireland. Ring, who predicted the deadly Christchurch earthquake and Ireland’s arctic winter in 2010, also forecast the country’s record-breaking July heat wave with uncanny accuracy back in January.

The TV forecaster, who uses the moon, sun and tidal activity to make his forecasts, expects snow in Ireland in December- though they just miss out on a white Christmas.

“Some southern areas may get isolated heavier falls but these are not expected to be widespread,” Ring says. “There will be a sudden downward plunge into sub-zeros in the last few days of November. The first serious cold spell is in the last few days of November with the possibility of widespread snow on or near the last day.”

But the forecaster, who has penned his 450-page Irish weather almanac for 2014, is not expecting the arctic conditions of 2010 to return.

He forecast quite a balmy run-in to the winter with a mild autumn expected from his charts.

Tags: Auckland  Christchurch earthquake  Ireland  Irish Examiner  Ken Ring  

  • Gary - 5:15 pm on October 1st, 2013
    One of Ken's other tricks is to make comments posing as one of his own supporters, hence my assumption that Jenny is Ken. Ken changed his drought statement after the event (see: ) Putting contradictory forecasts in somewhere else is part of his MO. "Jenny" didn't dispute Ken's cold NZ winter and Irish heatwave in August failures.
  • Truth sayer - 10:04 am on October 1st, 2013
    He also failed to predict the warmest winter we've ever had - history-making, it was. He instead predicted a bitterly cold winter. His almanac isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
  • Truth for once - 10:00 am on October 1st, 2013
    Ken Ring didn't predict the major earthquakes. Not in Christchurch, not in Seddon, and not anywhere else in the world. What he did do was say a major one was coming on March 20, 2011. Of course it never happened. But it spread terror amongst already traumatised people. People were hysterical. Children were terrified. All for nothing. Ken Ring talks a good game, but the fact is that he has never even once accurately predicted one of our 12,000 quakes. (He has predicted them AFTER they have happened, editing his website accordingly), but he has never even once predicted one beforehand that has actually happened. NOT EVEN ONCE.
  • Jenny - 10:09 pm on September 30th, 2013
    Gary (or Jim), Ken Ring's almanac mentioned drought often, which you do not dispute, so it is ridiculous to suggest he would say it wasn't imminent!! His quote was "So the question being asked is whether or not ongoing drought is imminent" (after February., which was the time of the quote) The drought really didn't continue once March rains and April's deluges came.
  • Gary - 10:30 pm on September 26th, 2013
    Jenny (or Ken), Ken predicted rain in February and March as well which didn't happen, much to his embarrassment. He was already terribly wrong by the time the rain finally came in April. He wrote in February:"So the question being asked is whether or not a drought is imminent. The answer is no". There was a drought, he was wrong.
  • Jenny - 9:37 pm on September 25th, 2013
    Gary, check your facts before spreading untruths. His Weather almanac for NZ for 2013 mentioned the word "drought" six times; on pages 27, 62, 83 and 86., whereas N.I.W.A., the National Climate Office, did not predict the drought at all. Ken could not have been more accurate. Plus, he correctly forecast the April torrential rain that ended the drought.
  • Editor - 2:05 pm on September 25th, 2013
    Thanks for your feedback Gary. We based this article on what was reported by the Irish Examiner:
  • Gary - 11:32 am on September 25th, 2013
    "Uncanny accuracy" you've got to be joking. He predicted heat waves to continue into August in Ireland...didn't happen. He predicted a cold winter in NZ, it was a record warm winter. He failed to predict the drought at the beginning of the year.
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