Donegal postman and amateur weatherman Michael Gallagher has said there will be no white Christmas in Ireland this year.
The 63-year-old forecaster, who uses nature to predict the weather, has correctly predicted a white Christmas for the last two years. However, Gallagher says that the lack of berries on the branches leads him to believe that temperatures will remain above freezing this holiday season, reports the Irish Examiner.
"I don’t think it’s on the cards. The chances are very slim. I’m quite happy to say that and I’m not going to change. I’m going to stick with what the old people taught me… A new moon will come in Christmas week but we will roughly keep the same kind of weather up until then," he said.
"Last year, in the second week of November, the trees were laden with berries and holly. Nature looks after its own. The amount of berries on the trees was unbelievable. It was to feed the animals before the snow.
"This year the berries are very scarce on the branches and there has been no movement of the animals down the mountain."
Gallagher is featured in the documentary 'Fear na hAimsire' that will broadcast on Ireland's TG4 on December 11 at 9:30pm.