Self-proclaimed weather guru Ken Ring is wildly astray in his
January predictions for the South Island hydro lakes region,
in his 2013 weather almanac.
His summary for January, based on lunar patterns, says "the
driest regions for the South Island for January may be the
But Environment Canterbury flood controller Tony Henderson
said the 500mm of rain in the Waitaki and Rangitata river
catchments over four days was "probably the most we've had
over the summer in several decades".
As a result, Meridian Energy is conducting controlled spills
from the Pukaki and Benmore hydro lakes to counter the
run-off from heavy rain that has fallen in the headwaters.
Mr Ring's predictions also missed the mark on the West Coast,
with no mention of the torrential downpours that caused
severe flooding and slips which closed road and rail links
In fact, he predicted a fine day across the West Coast on
January 2, when the storm was at its peak, but he did expect
heavy rain at Bruce Bay the next day.
- By Tui Bromley of the Greymouth Star