The Irish Times presumably have a research budget, which I suppose is one legitimate way of spending money to acquire a Ken Ring “weather almanac.” Whatever the reason, they’ve bought one, and covered Ken’s predictions for the week just gone, here. The story (which is mainly about the stormy weather we’ve been having and record high waves) tells us that Ken predicts:
a cold, mainly dry day in Dublin today [Monday 3rd] with wind and a chance of sleet or hail showers. Tomorrow [Tuesday 4th] will be overcast, cold, mostly dry with frosts and windy spells and Wednesday’s weather in Dublin, it adds, should be changeable with squally winds, showers of sleet and light snow.
Although I wouldn’t disagree that 8.5 degrees is cold, it rained cats and dogs on Monday (no sleet, no hail, just rain). Tuesday was sunny, and stopped being “mostly dry” when it rained constantly from just after 6pm. Wednesday was pretty much more of the same (again, no sleet, no snow). (All reports available from met.ie).
Mr Ring’s predictions for the whole month were:
5. Heavy month for snow in terms of number of days of snow, but it won’t be heavy (1)
6. Snow on 5th and 6th (1)
7. Snow on 14th to 19th (1)
8. Most concentrated snow time of the winter (1)
9. Snow “Intense” from mid-February onwards (2) (how this squares with The Last Word, where he says it won’t be heavy, I’m not sure)
10. February expected to be bitterly cold and snowfalls expected around Valentine’s Day. (3)
11. Kerry, he says, may get the heaviest falls around Feb 17 to 19. (3)
One third of the way through the month and things aren’t looking too good for these predictions, though we’re a few days out from the “intense” snow days of the middle of the month.
No mention of any of those floods in Cork, Limerick and elsewhere, though. Oh well.