A white December, but no snow on Christmas Day

It’ll be a white December, but no snow on Christmas Day, according to long-range weather guru Ken Ring.

The New Zealander, 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 but we may just miss out on a white Christmas.

“Some southern areas may get isolated heavier falls but these are not expected to be widespread. 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.

“December precipitation comes mostly in the first 12 days and after Boxing Day, so it should be mostly dry but cold across the country between the Dec 13 to Dec 25.

“There may be chances of snow in the last days of the year and the first few days of January, in the third week of February and in the first week of March.”

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.

“Autumn may be looked back on as a mild one as regards temperatures. Despite one or two frost days, this year they may be less likely in either September or October.”

He said he’s expecting the first crisp frosts to arrive later than usual.

“October frosts are not unusual in Ireland around the last week, but probably not this year. Instead, widespread frosts are to be expected Nov 4 to Nov 8 and then Nov 18 to Nov 21.

“October is likely to be generally wet and windy, with no useful dry spells.”

He also expects a west-of-Ireland storm towards the end of October.


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