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Ken Ring

  • Still the oldest science

    Forget the back pages of tabloids, about your love life and star signs. The real astrology has never left science and never left our lives. As soon as you mention the name of any day of the week, you unwittingly continue to pay homage to ancient ast...

    February 19, 3:46 pm
  • The winds beneath the waves

    It is easily overlooked that weather originates in the sea. There is still a school of thought that says winds cause waves, and storms affect the ocean. But it is really the other way around. It is odd that what mariners seem to know, meteorologists...

    February 12, 11:46 am
  • Extreme events diary

    The tradition of long range weather forecasting uses planet positions relative to earth to estimate future events. Although we believe that weather patterns follow cycles, nevertheless all predictions remain as opinions, not certainties. The followi...

    December 12, 10:49 am
  • Summer notes for NZ

    The coming summer will start late and finish late. The first summer month, December, may be wetter than average for many North Island regions, but drier than average across most of the South Island. Much rain comes in the second week of the month an...

    November 25, 12:28 pm
  • Monsoon and cyclones

    A monsoon refers to a seasonal reversal of wind direction. In Northern Australia, south easterly trade winds characterise the Dry Season, which lasts April through November, and the wet or monsoon season is characterised by a north westerly monsoon...

    November 5, 2:40 pm
  • Notes about cyclones

    When it is a dry season in Western Australia it can be wet in Queensland and vice versa. The Southern Oscillation is a see-sawing of atmospheric pressures between the South Pacific and Indian oceans. When the atmospheric pressure is abnormally high ...

    October 8, 11:08 am
  • 2015 compared to 2014

    Now that the 2015 Weather Almanac for NZ has been released to bookshops we can précis what next year's weather may bring. We can also make comparisons with this year. Firstly, 2015 sees a return of closer lunar perigees, with the moon averagely clos...

    August 27, 9:40 pm
  • Dancing with the stars

    The process of long range forecasting is thousands of years in the making and is still used in older cultures. The Greeks inherited their knowledge from the people of the Indus Valley and Asia, Hebraic Sumerians, Chaldeans and from northern Africa. ...

    August 19, 9:05 am
  • The hills are alive with the sound of money

    Last week in Franz Josef township the media were again beating up the fantasy of the Alpine Fault ‘rupturing’. The Alpine Fault is the South Island portion of the mountain chain running the length of the country from southwest to northeast. This in ...

    August 8, 10:09 am
  • Global warming may not be so bad

    What’s wrong with a better climate? This article explores the upside of a pleasantly warmer world.More rain means more waterWarmth brings evaporation and more warmth brings more rain. This would solve problems of water scarcity. One-third of the wor...

    July 25, 9:07 pm
  • The next half of 2014

    With half the year gone we might look at what the second half may bring. This recent storm has been due to the approach of perigee, the day in any 27.5-day month that the moon passes closest to earth which typically brings extreme weather in winter,...

    July 11, 9:00 pm
  • What is in the air cannot affect weather

    Over the past month there have been renewed international calls to reduce carbon emissions. They ignore all that has been previously learned about tides, cycles and weather.We accept that the moon exerts a tidal force and we can see that land, sea a...

    June 26, 4:23 pm
  • Truth on Steroids

    The latest revelation from a prominent geologist is that "quakes in Canterbury are now a fact of life". Anyone who has ever lived in Canterbury, or indeed anywhere in New Zealand has known this already, but it appears to be news to geologists. Some ...

    June 19, 10:18 am
  • More to glaciers than melts the ice

    We hear much about receding glaciers but not much about glaciers that are advancing. The extent of advance may surprise readers accustomed to regular media reports about glaciers melting due to global warming. We are asked to believe that the glacie...

    June 13, 4:04 pm
  • No Reason for Carbon Tax

    Some say “climate change” is nothing more than an excuse for increased taxation so that the green bureaucracy can retain jobs. Many of these jobs entail halting progress in the name of "protecting the environment". But against what onslaught is not ...

    June 9, 2:32 pm
  • Wives tales and weather

    There was no weather forecasting in NZ on a situation basis before 1928, so cyclones, anticyclones and droughts were not in consideration. Because records require 30 years for a national average, comparative trends had to wait until 1960. All but th...

    June 4, 9:06 am
  • Our Inconstant Dwarf

    We see the Moon on many days and nights, and it may often appear in a part of the sky not remembered before. Nevertheless its position is regular and consists of separate but repeating cycles, each having a different effect on weather.To better unde...

    May 28, 1:50 pm
  • Why the 1959 drought may return around 2019

    Weather is controlled by Sun and Moon cycles. Sunspots determine major droughts. They are cyclic dark blotches on the part of the Sun corresponding to the tropical zone of earth. Like earth’s tropical cyclones never on the equator sunspots are rare...

    May 13, 1:41 pm
  • Winter notes for 2014 for Christchurch

    This year for Christchurch, winter is colder than average. The coldest part of winter may be in two phases; the last week in June to mid July and mid August to mid September. The coldest of temperatures could reach -4 to -5C in mid June, the last we...

    April 28, 10:47 am
  • The Atmospheric Heat Engine

    It is not uncommon for physics to start off with a wrong premise and from that construct a wrong theory, leading itself deeper into the mire until a point is reached where there are more questions than answers. Rather than start again the science th...

    April 16, 3:50 pm

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    February 19, 3:46 pm
    Still the oldest science

    Forget the back pages of tabloids, about your love life and star signs. The real astrology has never left science and never left our lives. As soon a...

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