How excited was I? Snow was coming, and in epic proportions. I brought home the appropriate volume of winter toys and wine to enjoy during what most were calling ‘Snowmageddon’. Others were more sensible and bought the local supermarkets out of bread. Watching the hype build was as exciting as seeing the dark clouds forming in the south. I treat weather predictions like a scoreboard between conventional forecasting from the likes of Metservice and the more unusual approach to weather predictions from our own Moon man, Ken Ring. Ken has been widely panned in mass media for doing something slightly different and predicting weather events and earthquakes in the near future from historical patterns of the moon. He is disliked by everyone from National MPNick Smith who called him ‘‘reckless and irresponsible’’ for causing angst with his earthquake predictions, to mainstream science who do not support his methods in weather forecasting. I will happily take as much solace from Ken’s predictions as I will from Metservice’s. To disregard someone based on their science not agreeing with conventional thinking sounds suspiciously like the church’s treatment of Galileo when he suggested that the earth travelled around the sun, and not the other way around. He was tried by the Inquisition, forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Here in Gibbston we enforced a self-imposed house arrest and waited for snow that did not come. ◗ Timbo Deaker lives in Gibbston with his wife and two children. He is a consultant viticulturist.