Weather guru predicts ongoing winter

Arctic conditions are expected to continue into the weekend, while well-known weather guru Ken Ring is predicting Ireland will be shivering in freezing temperatures right up until the summer.

However, the New Zealand forecaster, who predicted the Christchurch earthquake and Ireland’s arctic winter in 2010, is standing by the calculation he made earlier in the year that temperatures will shoot up to a balmy 30C in a July heatwave.

Mr Ring, who uses moon, sun, and tidal activity to make his forecast months in advance, correctly predicted that March would be the “coldest month” of the year in his Ireland Weather Almanac for 2013.

He also advised that the unseasonable icy conditions would continue sporadically into May.

He said: “At the start of April spring temperatures will suddenly come, but subzeros briefly return in the second week of April and again between Apr 29 and May 2 and don’t finally cease until the last week of May.”

In his 450-page almanac, which had become a weather bible for many Irish farmers, he correctly forecast a freezing March.

“The month of March will be the coldest month. The third week of March brings some of the coldest temperatures of winter,” said Mr Ring’s almanac.

And he said May will follow the cooler trend of the spring months.

“May should be a surprisingly cooler month, only reaching double digits for minimums in the second week. A hot interval arrives around mid-May, around May 12 to May 16. It may not be as warm again until the last week in June.”

However, he forecast the shivering Irish public will finally get some rays of sunshine in July, with the promise of a summer scorcher reminiscent of 1995.

He said: “With the arrival of July also comes a heatwave lasting about 10 days and with maximums expected to reach around 30 degrees Celsius. Hot maximums come again from Jul 19 to Jul 25 and Jul 28 to Jul 30.

“Further heatwaves with up to 30 degrees Celsius maximums are possible between Aug 12 to Aug 20 and Aug 24 to Aug 31.

“After August summer drops away quickly, with both temperatures and sunshine amounts.”

And he warned the Irish to soak up the sunshine this summer, as next year isn’t looking as hot.

He said: “This should be a summer that reminds people of the summer of 1995, and some may call it a scorcher. The summer of 2014 may not be as good.”

Despite conventional forecasters dismissing his methodology as having no scientific basis, Mr Ring gained credibility in Ireland when he predicted the arctic conditions which came out of the blue in 2010 and 2011.

Mr Ring uses moon readings and data from a number of monitoring stations here for his long- range forecasts, which have been closely monitored by Irish farmers in recent years.

Mr Ring, who also does long-range forecasts for New Zealand and Australia, is advising people to take summer holidays in Ireland in the first half of July or the second half of August.


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