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Is Meteorology still delivering the goods?

If, as they say, the world is changing then we would have a need to respond to that challenge and this would include the way we understand and receive warnings about forthcoming weather.
In recent years faith in regular forecasting has been in doubt, because projected warnings have been considerably out. Temperatures worldwide have not changed since 1998, yet we have been told that runaway global warming is continuing and that the world will soon teeter on some brink, even without actual evidence that we are not experiencing parts of natural cycles. Some have even claimed the tipping point has passed and that now the planet is effectively doomed.

Others find it all a scam. In 2005 Al Gore said that polar ice and glaciers would be completely gone by 2013. They are still here. Sealevels too, were expected to soar 65meters higher within a century. In fact they have dropped around the Pacific as Antarctica takes up more ice and expands its eastern ice shelf. Recently we were told 2014 was the warmest year ever, now  scientists have admitted they can only be 38% sure.

In the face of an onslaught of alarmist climate scenarios, fuelled by Hollywood blockbusters, politicans hungry for more taxation through eco regulation, and the research-fund-seeking earth sciences, people turn naturally to local meteorologists, whose wages are paid for by taxation, to confirm and help plan a differently described future. Does climate change mean Rangitoto will get snow in February? Will the Desert Rd become the Forest Highway? There is a public requirement for such answers.

State forecasters are increasingly being asked for longer range projections, at least further than the traditional week ahead and possibly up to a century onward. But this is difficult if one is relying wholly on satellite photographs taken during their flypast moments. Without credibility for longer range projections there is nowhere for meteorologists to go to find answers to pass on to the public. They are faced with a dilemma that affects their credibility. Either the clamour for information about climate catastrophes must end, or meteorologists must gear up for longer range skill-sets.

It is not as if longer range tools are not available to them. The problem is that current computers have proven unreliable. In NZ the National Climate Office has a supercomputer called Fitzroy, installed in 2009 at a cost of $40m. .This failed to detect and prewarn about any of the Christchurch earthquakes, nor of the drought of 2013, nor whether or not Marlborough can expect rain soon. Floods seem also to escape its attention, also the timing of tornadoes and of the arrival of cyclones. Information about depths of snowbases well before winter seasons is not forthcoming for snowfield operators. Neither could Fitzroy decide whether or not this summer would bring drought to NZ.

On the contrary, many government meteorologists think that drought is imminent every year. During 2014 meteorologists were warning of a possible El Nino arriving, again based, presumably at least in part upon Fitzroy. Instead, during 2014 we did not break the 5-month qualifying time, and now are firmly back in neutral mode. In short, the supercomputer has arguably been a superwaste of time and money, and the dissemination of faulty information has given rise to a string of costly investments into planning decisions.

Traditional weather forecasting cannot handle longterm projections. Forecasting by the moon, sun and planets can. As agricultural decision-making demands more accurate long term information, it is more important now than ever to establish an official  longrange metservice. This has been employed in many nonwestern cultures for hundreds of years. What has been developed over these aeons in many ancient societies could easily be transferred to the farms and fields of NZ , Australia and Ireland. Rain is rain, whether it falls in Dublin, Darwin or Dunedin.
Because it is little understood, longrange forecasting seems impossible and more in the realm of magic or foretune telling. It is not recognised as solid science, only because it is not taught in local universities and the science of cycles which we all learned at school was what we quickly forgot when we left.

The obvious, as usual is hidden in plain sight. The cyclical moon is above everyone's heads for all to see.  Astronomers are more intent on naming stars 2 billion light years away than investigating the vagaries of our nearest celestial neighbour.
Perhaps that needs to change.


Longrange weather is about suggested timings of future weather events, which we believe can be somewhat predicted from the position and repeating orbits of the Sun and Moon. It can be considered an older form of astronomy, not quite astrology but something in between. There are many articles on this website about how we think the Sun and Moon influence weather. We believe it is commonsense and that the science is solid and taught in many universities under different banners, such as astronomy, solar physics, oceanography, meteorology and vulcanology. It relies on the logic that there is not only a tide in the water but also in the interfaced air above the water and in the connected land beneath the waves. Observed connections between moon, tides and weather are still part of mariners' and aviators' training manuals, e.g. the current Australian Aviators Manual which identifies the atmospheric tide.  Tides have repeatable patterns, making them predictable, and the air interfaces with the sea over most of the globe. Weather balloons have been observed to float higher on new and full moon days, indicative of kingtides in the air concurrent with kingtides in the sea. Weather could be described as the tide of the air.


What we mean by Predictweather 

There is sometimes confusion between potential and prediction, and preciseness is difficult in an inexact science. In longrange forecasting potential is the overriding concept. There could be times that e.g. rain maps may only succeed in predicting clouds that have a rain-look about them. It may rain if there is potential, but not with no potential. Even with potential rain may not eventuate . An example may be that cloud is about but not cold air layers to condense it, or there may be too much heat coming from the ground keeping rain clouds buoyant, resulting in rain dropped only over the sea.  But it cannot rain without potential. Predictions in this sense cannot be certain, whether the prediction is of an election outcome, a rugby match or weather. The word as we use it simply takes the literal definition; “pre” = before and “dict” = to say. The idea is to make comment, opinion, suggestion etc before a given date. Because weather is general to a wide area, and microclimates exist every few kilometres,  weather prediction means the chance for a reader to have some idea about weather conditions at his/her location. It does not mean soothsaying or shamanism. We all make predictions about approaching vehicle speeds etc when we cross a road, or we would not cross with safety. We equate prediction with opinion. “Predict Weather” refers only to what we wish an interested reader to do, based on information about cycles etc that we supply. We do not intend to convey the meaning that we have the ability to predict everybody's weather conditions.

How we differ

We do differ from meteorologists seen on TV. Meteorologists have developed technology to describe what is happening now in other places, under the assumption those conditions will reach you soon. Orbiting satellites photograph the tops of clouds. The technology allows for estimation of a couple of days ahead if winds stay constant, but as they say, not much further:  (ref:
The few-days-ahead reading is useful for many, but farmers, gardeners and event planners often have a need to look and make financial decisions much further ahead. Modern meteorology refers to weather as 'chaos'. (ref:former head meterologist Bob McDavitt: ). who said, "I decided I’d try to do some computer modelling of the weather as an example of a chaotic system"
If it was randomly chaotic, cycles would not exist. W e at Predictweather have tried to identify the repeatable cycles of weather as a method of prediction that might be useful for outdoor businesses. Claiming, as regular mets do, that this can't be done is like saying the tides at the beach are regular for a day or two, but after that high or low tides occur at random. We feel weather is cyclic and patterned, as is the rest of nature; enough for trends to be predictable years in advance and for a student of cycles to form a reliable opinion of future trends. Nevertheless we are aware not all share similar opinions (see below under Advertising Standards Authority), and this website may not be for them. 


A few clicks of a mouse gets you a forecast
Perhaps you are trying to decide the date of a wedding a year away and you need a fine day. Or you may want to take the kids to the skifield slopes when the sun is shining on newly fallen powder snow. Maybe you are a farmer who only wants to employ a hay contractor when the weather is dry for 4-6 days running. Using our service you can find all that out in minutes. We have NZ and Ireland in our online database, and all other countries, e.g. Australia, Europe, Japan and the USA in manual databases. The databases contain data information from the past gathered by reputable meteorological instruments and averaged to form a set of figures that can suggest a trend. Single days are named as points of focus, but the reader is advised to take note of a day or so on either side as well, as there is always a 1-2 day leeway in all weather forecasting.


We are producing yearly almanacs for NZ, Australia and Ireland. Each has 450-500 pages and the NZ version has been available every year since 1999, the Australian since 2007 and the Ireland book since 2010. We did a UK version in 2001 but pirating issues lead us to discontinue. The almanacs contain yearly summaries for the country and individual regions, a severe events diary, daily forecasts and isobaric maps for all large towns, temperature graphs, rain tables and an explanation of what produces weather, also a look ahead for the next decade and much more that is of help to the farmer and event planner.


NZ Weather Almanac for 2016

Australian Weather Almanac for 2016

Ireland Weather Almanac 2016

2016 Weather Calendars for NZ regions

2016 Weather Calendars for Ireland Provinces

2016 Ireland regional Gardening Calendar

Extreme Events Diary 2016 for Australia


Ordering forecast reports for NZ and Ireland
You can get weather reports yourself for any period and location in NZ and Ireland between now and 2019, by going to Forecasts, or at left.
When it opens up click on One week (or whatever), then fill out starting date, country (e.g. NZ), and your chosen region (e.g. Martinborough).
Then fill in credit card details. Our estimated daily forecast for that period will then arrive almost immediately, by emailed attachment. The minimum is under $7 for a week. Customised forecast packages for any town in Australia are available below.


Ordering forecast-report packages for Australia
We can prepare any longrange weather expectancy report for any location in Australia and for any period ahead between now and 2019. For most areas we can provide daily estimates of at least rain, temps (max, min etc), and if the archived data is available we can also include sun/cloud hours, wind force, direction and air pressure. We have access to most BoM historical files for main towns, which we use to construct cycles. Please first
read this then email us on  or if you wish to go to the next step.


Ordering for Japan, UK and other countries
As for Australia we can prepare any longrange weather report for other countries and for any period ahead. Please email or for further information on what is available and at what cost. Please make your requests specific, naming the nearest town or city and time frame for your desired weather report. That makes our end easier. Reports are delivered by email.


Although we do not claim any figure of accuracy, this has often been assessed by clients, mostly farmers who re-order annual reports, at around 80-85% and if true we are content with that. It is quite impossible to measure accuracy of opinion, and results are what matter. Results will differ for each person. It would be hard to set criteria for analysis, as we suggest possible trends and potentials, not certainties. The accepted applicability/error in weather forecasting ranges over a 50-80 mile radius with a variation factor of 1-2 days.  It is why mainstream weather agencies do not analyse themselves - it would be like a doctor analysing whether his prognoses of conditions clearing up were in 1, 2 or 3 days as he suggested at the time of consultation. Patients recognise that the doctor's opinion is subject to error, but they seek his opinion regardless. This work is the same. For those who start with a negative bias, our work will never be valued. But for those understanding and accepting the inexact nature of weather (like medicine), we feel confident we can give a window into possible weather trends to come. Taking a longer view is more reliable, and a 3-4 day window of potential will usually give a better understanding of forthcoming conditions than focussing on any one day. As mentioned already, we name a day only as a hypothetical point of focus, not a literal prediction, as the trend is the important factor. Although we do our best we will never get every day 100% exact. Weather, to those who live with and work with it, is full of surprises because we don't know all factors. Even commercial tide tables are not always exact. We aim to provide something useful, that a planner may be better off having than not having when making serious weather-related investment decisions. Because we do not claim any percentage of accuracy it is up to readers to make their own analyses. As these comments in various media articles show, some have found our work has indeed worked for them:

The timing of high and low pressure zones are our specialty, rather than intensities, as this comparison shows. The anticyclones over NZ are shown on the map by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for 10 March to match our map (bottom one) made over a year ago. The rather low pressures in the Coral Sea are also a match, even though they have become lower than we picked them to be. This is because intensity of weather events is due to the sun because of prior evaporation rates, whereas (we believe) the moon determines timing. (Our isobaric maps are available in monthly sets. click

It is no fluke. The following is another example, first the BoM (Australian metservice) map for 9 May, followed by our own, worked out a year in advance, from the May set of isobaric maps in the subscribers' store. 



Affordable and easy to order
Our reports, map sets and almanacs for NZ, Australia and Ireland can be ordered online from here or from Book pages at left. There are many on offer, including snow/ski reports for both NZ and Australia, and monthly rain estimates for each country. There are also new reports and charts in the pipeline which will be added in coming months. These can all be found under the headings on the left of our website. The categories are Forecasts, Books and what is in the Subscription store. Although newly developed documents and reports will generally be announced first in the newsletters, there is never any obligation to purchase anything.


We are a family trust set up to provide longrange weather services that are not available elsewhere. All profits fund design and development of the extensive website which is in constant need of update. In many cases costs are to cover administration expenses and to recover labour/time expenses in the case of longer documents, some of which may have required the purchase of archived data from climate office storage files. Books and reports break even and dispatch is contracted out. We do not advertise anywhere, have no advertising budget and do not indulge in aggressive marketing. Radio and print media interviews are usually given free and our staff are part-timers. We receive no funding from any goverment nor corporate sponsorship. There was a media accusation that because we were accurate in pre-warning people about Christchurch earthquake activity in 2010-11, that we used the earthquakes for self-promotion. But we have never made a cent from earthquakes and have never had any earthquake products available. Earthquake risk dates are only suggested on free website articles, free monthly newsletters and free Yahoo articles. Rather, we made it possible for others to make money from that disaster from their (often) misquoting from our articles and newsletters and from our website, face book pages and tweets, and for some television and radio personalities to impugn our work to raise their own ratings.


Every month our free newsletter is sent out to the 12,000 members who have registered. You can join easily here, or by clicking 'Sign up for free newsletter'. These free newsletters contain articles and helpful summaries for each month, as well as keeping you informed of new products and services that become available. The newsletters were started as a way to supply free information about earthquakes, after the media announced that it was better to suppress information and therefore to reduce anxiety. Contrarily we felt that lack of information created anxiety. Previous newsletters have discussed earthquake expectancies in NZ, for it is still of ongoing interest for many in NZ.

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We have created nominal financial "subscriptions" in order to fund the free newsletter and enable it to continue. To apply to become a financial subscriber click subscription membership and then click Why Subscribe. You will then have free access to the products in the Subscription store.
A subscription entitles the purchaser to freely access a range of products that non financial readers would have to pay for. The cost of subscription is very low - about the worth of just one document. 
The products consist of some issued for the month ahead, which include month sets of isobaric maps, monthly rain distribution charts, and, in the cyclone seasons, monthly map sets of the Pacific. Other documents listed in the Subscription store may be documents or regional season reports not included in the newsletter, either because they are too big or have high value in themselves.
Please note that subscriptions are not entitlements to forecast packages or almanacs.
Subscriptions are separate from the newsletter, forecasts and almanacs.



On the Home page, Articles and Archive folders we post our articles that pertain to longrange weather and our methodology. We also explain our position on global warming and climate change, a skeptic's stance that we have maintained since Predict Weather's first website version went live in 1996, and we were the first anti global warming website in this country. We still think the current alarmism is international deception and tax-grab. Readers may disagree and that is their choice. By the same token we are entitled to our opinion too. There are plenty of pro-global warming websites and readers are free to go where they choose without being told what to do and what to believe.


There are many articles to be found here on the website about how the moon influences and controls weather; but basically the same pulling force that hauls daily tides also hauls the air. The moon has no eyes or brain and so cannot work out the difference between land, water and air. Lunar gravitational forces must go through the air to reach the sea. Plus there is 10x more water in the air at any moment than there is in all the world's rivers, which in itself is equivalent to an ocean above our heads and a weight of 33 feet of water upon us all.

The easiest way to think of it is as if the tide at the beach did not stay at the surface water level but went right up into the sky. As well as in the oceans, there is a kingtide in the air around full and new moons. It has already been mentioned that weather balloons float higher on kingtide days and this has been long known by most meteorologists. There is also a kingtide in the land at these times by which larger earthquakes may be predictable if a series is currently occurring at a particular location. Every next-largest quake in Christchurch during 2011 occurred within the kingtide periods of February to June.

The model we use could be called a lunar/solar/magnetic one. The lunar component determines the timing of many weather events and the solar component governs varying intensities and magnitudes. Having said that there is much crossover in nature, and our science tries a little too much to neatly categorise at times, which bring confusion. The magnetic component describes the stress on the earth's crust and therefore also turbulence in air, land and sea, driven primarily by the land tide with its transference to ocean currents. 

All these factors are cyclic and therefore patterned and predictable. The error enters when local factors take over to interrupt the lunar vector and events may be delayed or displaced, such as what happeneds with tropical cyclones or close perigees, when skewing may happen for a couple of days before the pattern re-asserts itself.

The solar force is less predictable than the moon and is chiefly governed by positions of planets, mainly the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn, with neptune and Uranus also players. The sunspot cycle averaging 11 years can vary between 9-14 years. Two solar cycles of 23 years becomes more reliable. Droughts are a function of solar intensity and these are largely determined by combinations of positions of planets, whether perigees are close, whether lunar declinations are major or minor, and combinations of these. Jupiter's cycle is similar to that of the moon.

Temperatures are the domain of solar factors but are also somewhat subject to lunar declination because oceanic currents are controlled by the moon, and currents affect sea surface temperatures and larger systems like El Nino and La Nina. Because solar factors are more difficult to pattern accurately, temperatures are harder to get right than the event timing. But we can make fairly helpful guesses.  

Back in January 2013 we had noticed that the closest perigee for this year was due to combine with southern declination in the last week of June, which could cause record high SSTs over the summer.  It was predictable as a causal factor for summer heatwaves. If one combines the solar component of 11 years and the lunar of roughly 8-10 and 17-19 years, one can arrive at algorithms that yield a 9-11 year cycle turnabout. It is probably why regular forecasters often describe severe events as the worst, hottest, windiest etc "for a decade".  


In March of 2015 a seminar workshop was run in Melbourne which I had the pleasure of co-running with David Burton for farmers, on weather and commodity cycles. The workshop was timely because planning is recommended now to offset losses in coming years due to low yields that may result from forthcoming drought conditions. Some areas will be worse off than others, with regions further east experiencing the worst. 2014-15 has been a weak cyclone season. Relative absence of El Nino brings active cyclone seasons. El Nino has been neutral to weak since late last year, creating the weakness of cyclone activity. Consequently this year’s cyclones have had little impact in Australia. But El Nino will be in the news after autumn and will bring a drier-than-normal winter for the east, with the next wet season in the north beginning in late December. 2015 brings a dry winter for some. QLD may be the most affected. Rain picks up from about mid September. The second half of the year brings bush fire risks in the south west of WA.

Particular planetary configurations bring drought conditions, including aphelia and perihelia  e.g. of Jupiter. Previous years of this compliance have been 1821, 1833, 1845, 1856, 1868, 1880, 1882, 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011, with a leeway of years on either side for build-up and cessation. This is exacerbated by factors like Jupiter/Saturn oppositions which can cause the monsoon season to fail. Examples of those years were 1892, 1951, and 2013.  The years 2017-2020 bring the combinations of Jupiter/Saturn aphelia and conjunction, sunspot minimum and the phenomenon of Jupiter crossing between the Sun and Sagittarius, all rain deficiency factors. The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction spanning 2017-2022 will be an unusually close alignment with ramifications for farmers and investors. Drought during 2019-21 may affect most States, but a run of good wet years are expected to follow.

Farmers will get another opportunity to attend this specialised learning workshop when it is held again in late February 2016. There is no other like it in Australia or NZ. Numbers will be again limited due to venue regulations. Bookings are open now. For more information please email David on See the below link for more details.


Book to download
To further explain our method in a way that may get the interested reader started we have made a book available for downloading. You can find that on the Home page, under 'The Lunar Code'.


More on what predictions are
All weather forecasting is in the category of quantified opinions, like other inexact sciences such as outlook reports by economists, writings by political editors, investment recommendations by fiscal stockbrokers and accountants, turf tips in the racing industry, and the paid advice of lawyers, industrial consultants, architects, teachers and doctors. Like the aforementioned, weather forecasting is never intended to express certainties because forecasters do not claim to be gods. Predictions are part of our everyday life. We all make calculated predictions when we cross the road, before a rugby game, and when we enter a shop. Predictions and opinions are subjective and differ from person to person. Our weather products arise out of 38 years experience in studying weather, and since 1999 the penning of 31 almanacs in 4 countries, 16 of these having been for NZ and 7 for Australia. We have also written 6 other books on weather theory including Predicting Weather By The Moon, Moon and Weatherlore, The Lunar Code, and The Weather Handbook.. Our consultancy has been used by Australia's biggest TV network, Ireland television, various government departments, chain store corporations in NZ, UK and Austraila, by event planners (e.g. for weddings), but most of all by the farmers of several countries.


Advertising Standards Authority
In NZ we have the Advertising Standards Authority, a government-associated agency (through the offices of Ombudsman and Commerce Commission), which monitors advertisements that might be construed as
making misleading claims about products. After recently considering then throwing out a trivial and petty complaint from a government earth-scientist the ASA has absolutely upheld our right to advertise our services.
We regret that the complainant did not approach us first. If anyone takes issue with anything on this website.arising from a misunderstanding on their part or something on our part poorly worded, we would welcome that they first raise the matter with us and write to detailing their concern. If it is within our power we will do our best to accommodate any and all complainants and make changes if appropriate and reasonable. Corrections by us would be easier and much faster than if a complainant had to await the outcome of any Advertising Standards Authority inquiry, which even then might not be upheld. In this case, perhaps irritatingly for the complainant, public funds were used up in the conduct of this inquiry that gave our website positive publicity reported on the front page of New Zealand's national newspaper and prominently in smaller regional newspapers. We were exonerated from any accusation of wrong-doing and so the exercise gave our service much free national publicity, the example also of debate on national radio. It was advertsing worth thousands of dollars that we could never afford ourselves.
We are a small but dedicated team of five who take our work standards very seriously, also our role in the community. For example all longrange
information for community events are provided free so that families with small children can be better advised about what open-air weather to expect.  Our lomgrange forecasts are made in good faith with no intention to deceive, mislead, antagonise or disrespect others and their opinions, whilst retaining our democratic right to express those opinions. We are also as transparent as possible with our methods and assist where all we can. In that regard, we do not differ from any other small business in the marketplace. Input from the public is always valued and makes us better at what we do.


Provisions of Fair Trading Act and Consumer Guarantees Act
We trade as Ken Ring Ltd and sell forecasts as opinion-based products, in the same manner as meteorological reports issued by NZ Metservice, geological reports and recommendations sold by geologists, snow reports issued and sold by ski-field websites, travel advice sold in information packages, political commentaries, sport, fitness and nutrition expertise, economic and marketing reports, legal or medical advice and reports, stockbroker recommendations or advice, financial banking and investment advice, tips in the racing industry, fishing, advertising and marketing advice, and farm and agronomy advisery services. Many differing types of consultancies are part of the fabric of the business community and we regard ourselves as equal to any other consultancy in style and in the common intent to supply requested information deemed by clientele as necessary or helpful to their business operations.

Clients engage with consultants of their choice with the full knowledge of what they can expect to receive for their investment. Information carries a monetary value because time and resources are involved in calculations and the preparation of report packages. Our methodology is transparent and has already been well described.  The forecasts carry a degree of error because weather science, like medicine is not exact.  We wish to comply with provisions of the Acts and we warn customers that like any other weather forecasters we can be wrong at times, for reasons that are not always known.

Other inexact sciences in the same category are medicine and geology. Clients are invited to engage with our products in the full knowledge that they are based on ancient techniques of longrange weather prediction used for hundreds of years in many cultures of the world, and still in use today. There should not be an expectancy to receive the type of forecast or forecast report that the NZ Metservice provides. We do not set out to inform of exact times of weather events within 24 hours as we own no satellites, and we recommend clients who have that requirement to other meteorological agencies. Our expertise is longrange - beyond a month ahead.

There are no hidden costs and charges are clearly laid out beforehand. Payment is rewarded with ordered products fitting the description of what has been promised.  No guarantee of accuracy is promised. Consumers have the right to withdraw from a transaction until actually ordering. No refund is possible after a sale, because the client already has the product.

Reports, forecasts etc are the intellectual property of Ken Ring Ltd, which like the contents of a book or article are automatically covered by international copyright and cannot be freely shared.
In effect, the client purchases the right to read and act on the material received but not to onsell it nor give it to others not employed by the client/purchaser. If there are complaints or queries about any of our products or services please feel free to email our team on and we will do our best to assist you if we can.


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