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December and Annual weather Review

Met Eireann have released their Monthly and Annual reports for December 2015 and 2015 as a whole.

We also have some basic stats from our own station in Tullow at the end of the post.

December 2015:


Annual 2015

Our Tullow station for December 2015:

Average temperature = 9.0°C
Average humidity = 86%
Average dewpoint = 6.8°C
Average barometer = 1014.3 hPa
Average windspeed = 18.3 km/h
Average gustspeed = 25.2 km/h
Average direction = 207° (SSW)
Rainfall for month = 173.8 mm
Rainfall for year = 683.4 mm
Maximum rain per minute = 1.0 mm on day 20 at time 06:26
Maximum temperature = 14.8°C on day 19 at time 02:35
Minimum temperature = -0.8°C on day 31 at time 23:03
Maximum humidity = 94% on day 27 at time 11:09
Minimum humidity = 68% on day 30 at time 10:26
Maximum dewpoint = 12.6°C on day 19 at time 02:35
Minimum dewpoint = -2.4°C on day 31 at time 23:03
Maximum pressure = 1031.4 hPa on day 08 at time 23:57
Minimum pressure = 994.2 hPa on day 30 at time 07:36
Maximum windspeed = 68.5 kmh from 225°( SW) on day 23 at time 21:07
Maximum gust speed = 94.4 km/h from 180°( S ) on day 30 at time 02:03
Maximum heat index = 14.8°C on day 19 at time 02:35
Avg daily max temp :12.0°C
Avg daily min temp :5.2°C
Growing degrees days :32.2 GDD
Total windrun = 13602.4km

Carlow Flooding December and January 2016

Heavy rainfall after Storm Frank and also on the New Years day resulted in flooding in many areas.

Below is some of our footage taken with our drone.

Bagenalstown Floods Jan 2nd 2016


Milford Carlow Floods Jan 2nd 2016


Leighlinbridge Carlow Floods Jan 2nd 2016

River Slaney Tullow on 30th December 2015


Earthquake reported in Wexford

There were reports of a light Earthquake tremor off the Wexford Coast tonight, at 20:45,.

These reports were later confirmed by several people who felt the tremor.

The Irish Seismic Sensors don’t show any sign of Earthquake but Welsh Coast Sensor at Pembrokeshire shows it:


The details of the Earthquake have now been released by
British Geological Survey

Details and Image:
DATE 18/03/2014
ORIGIN TIME 20:45:16.2 UTC
LOCATION 52.307 -6.333
DEPTH 16 km

Wexford Earthquake


Irish National Seismic Network say it was 2.6

Their data:

Irish National Seismic Network

Winter 2013/2014 Wettest on Record

Winter 2013/2014 was the wettest winter on record in some areas!

Met Eireann reports


Rainfall totals were well above Long-Term -Average (LTA) everywhere. Percentage of LTA values ranged from 143% at Finner with 510.1mm, to 208% at Carlow Oakpark with 460.5mm. Over 50% of stations across the country reported it was the wettest winter on record. Valentia Observatory reported its wettest winter since records began in 1866 (148 years) with 848.0mm and 183% of LTA, while Malin Head reported 530.7mm, 164% of LTA its wettest winter since records began in 1885 (129 years). Shannon Airport had its wettest winter on record (68 years) while Mullingar reported its wettest winter on record (63 years) with 531.3mm and 444.5mm respectively. Other stations in the South, East and West reported their wettest winter in 6 to 57 years. The wettest day of the season was at Ballyhaise on the 17th February with 34.5mm, its wettest winter day since 2008 (6 years). The number of wet days (day with 1 mm or more) ranged from 50 at Phoenix Park to 80 at Newport.


Mean air temperatures were on or above LTA everywhere except for Cork Airport and Markree. Differences ranged from 0.1°C below at Cork Airport and Markree with a mean temperature of 5.7°C and 5.5°C repectively to 1.1°C above at Phoenix Park with a mean temperature of 6.3°C. Almost all stations recorded their maximum temperature of the season on the 12th December, with the season’s highest maximum temperature of 15.2°C at Finner and Malin Head on the 12th, Malin Head’s highest maximum for winter since 1948 (66 years). Knock Airport reported 12.8°C on the 12th December its highest maximum on record for winter (17 years). Many stations recorded their highest maximum temperatures for winter in 6 to 15 years. Lowest minimum temperatures were the highest for winter on record at many stations, Shannon Airport reported its highest minimun for winter in 68 years, while grass minima were the highest for winter in 6 to 42 years.


Percentage of LTA values ranged from 77% at Knock Airport with 114.8 hours to 116% at Dublin Airport with 217 hours. The highest daily sunshine amount for winter was 8.8 hours at Dublin Airport on the 27th February. The number of dull days over the season (days with less than 0.5 hrs sunshine) ranged from 19 at Malin Head to 48 at Knock Airport.
Winds were above average for winter with storm force winds on occasions. Dublin Airport’s winter mean windspeed value of 14.4 knots (26 km/h) was its highest since 1943 (71 years), Shannon Airport reported its highest winter mean windspeed in 31 years with 12.3 knots (23 km/h), while some stations in the South had their highest mean windspeeds in 24 years. The highest gust of the season was 86 knots (159 km/h) at Shannon Airport on the 12th February, its highest for winter on record (68 years), while the highest mean speed was 65 knots (120km/h) at Mace Head on the 12th February.


A new record maximum wave of 25 metres was reported at the Kinsale Energy Gas Platform on February 12th.

Highest seasonal total: 848.0 mm at Valentia Observatory (its wettest winter since 1866)
Lowest seasonal total: 273.5 mm at Dublin Airport (its wettest winter since 1995)
Highest daily rainfall: 34.5 mm at Ballyhaise on February 17th (its highest winter daily fall since 2008)
Highest mean seasonal temperature: 7.9°C at Sherkin Island
Lowest mean seasonal temperature: 4.6°C at Knock Airport
Highest temperature: 15.2°C at Malin Head & Finner on December 12th (Malin Head’s highest winter maximum since 1948)
Lowest air temperature: -4.3°C at Mullingar on February 10th
Lowest grass minimum temperature: -9.2°C at Mullingar on January 14th
Highest seasonal total: 217.0 hours at Dublin Airport
Lowest seasonal total: 114.8 hours at Knock Airport
Highest daily sunshine: 8.8 hours at Dublin Airport on February 27th

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The great storm of February 12th 2014

February the 12th 2014 will go down in history for a day that saw a powerful and damaging storm. Some named the storm Darwin as the 12th was Darwins day

In this blog post I’ll look back at the days before the storm, how it was forecast and then track the storm as it moved through Ireland causing destruction.

On Thursday the 6th before the storm I posted some charts to my Facebook page showing a huge potential storm for Tuesday the 11th and then on Friday I posted another as a comment showing it for Wednesday this time! That chart turned out pretty accurate!

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However over the weekend the charts began to show the system ending up South of Ireland not very intense at all e.g.


Then on Monday the charts had the storm back with a bang and heading our way, I posted to my Facebook page a chart along with a screenshot of Evelyn Cusack from Met Eireann who forecast Violent Storm Force 11 winds for Wednesday, their forecast included:

“Extremely windy or possibly storm conditions are likely on Wednesday, with heavy rain or sleet, and some local flooding.
Some structural damage is also possible. The exact track of the approaching low pressure is still not certain, so keep in tune with updates. ”

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Violent Storm Force 11 is sustained winds of 103–117 km/h

Some charts were really starting to show serious winds Monday night such as

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On Tuesday night I issued a Weather warning as charts continued to show damaging winds.

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Late Tuessday night Met Eireann upgraded their warning for Cork and Kerry to Red Alert with gusts up to 160km/h, the warning was Orange for many other areas with remaining areas Yellow.

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The storm made landfall early Wednesday morning and Cobh saw gusts of 50 knots or 92.6km/h by 7am as the image below from showed


By 8am ESB Powercheck site was showing power outages in Kerry with Sherkin Island reporting a gust of 131km/h, the storm was clearly visible on the sat images.


As the eye of the storm crossed Cobh the winds dropped off at the weather station there but by 9am Roches Point had recorded a gust of 135km/h.

By 10am winds were picking up again in Cobh as the eye cleared and the second intense phase of the storm moved in with the strongest winds to the South of the eye.


My station in Tullow hit 98.2 km/h at 10:09am as the front end of the storm hit.

By 11am reports started to surface on Twitter of a Tornado in Roscommon and the Kinsale Energy Platform off the south coast was reporting sustained winds of 118km/h and gusts of 140km/h.

By 11:30 there were reports of structural damage in Dingle


The eye of the storm was very defined now.


By noon more reports of damage were been tweeted including damage to a school roof in Bishopstown Cork, as Sherin Island reported a gust of 155km/h!!


Met Eireann upgraded earlier warning:

Wind Warning for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath
Upgrade to earlier warning.
Extremely windy weather will sweep up from the south during today, Wednesday.
Westerly winds 50 to 65 km/h will gust to 100 to 130 km/h.”

By 12:30 Twitter was becoming alive with reports and photos of tress down in Kerry and Cork including Cork City


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By 1pm reports of trees down and structural damage were all over Twitter and 95,000 were already reported to have lost power.


Power Outages

Dingle Tree

Also by 1pm the Kinsale Enerhy Platform off the South coast recorded a Gust of 96 knots, that is 178 km/h!

Limerick was now seeing the peak of the storm with images of vehicles damage appearing on Twitter

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Pressure was falling rapidly and winds increasing at Wexford Harbour at 1pm

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By 2pm Shannon Airport had closed with a plane tipped over and UCC had issued a lock down notice. Shannon recorded the top Gust inland at 158 km/h!

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The storm was now moving very quickly up through the country with my weather stations recording 109km/h Gust at 2:17pm.

At this stage I called Liveline for them to warn people of what was happening.  A pocast is available at!type=radio&rii=9%3A20524310%3A53%3A12%2D02%2D2014%3A

Winds peaked in Kilkenny with recording 133.0 km/h  at 2:57pm from WSW, bringing down hundreds of trees in the area and Kilkenny County Council declared a state of emergency as all major roads were blocked.

Carlow peaked at 125.9 km/h in Oak Park just after 3pm with the South of the country seeing the most damage.


By 4pm 260,000 ESB customers were without power


By 5pm Dublin Airport has seen a gust of 122km/h

Video of satellite images as the storm passed


I also featured on the Joe Duffy show the following discussing the show and Long Range forecasts!rii=9%3A20525079%3A53%3A13%2D02%2D2014%3A&type=radio

Kinsale Energy Gas Platform recorded a maximum wave height of 25 metres this afternoon (Wednesday 12th February).Apart from being a record at that location, it is also the highest maximum wave height recorded in Irish coastal waters (the previous record being 23.4 metres at the M4 buoy off the Northwest coast).

Nasa’s image from Thursday morning shows #StormDarwinclearing the to the North East of Ireland while the monster winter storm that brought icing to the U.S. southeast moved northward along the Eastern Seaboard and brought snow, sleet and rain from the Mid-Atlantic to New England on February 13. A new image from NOAA’s GOES satellite showed clouds associated with the massive winter storm stretch from the U.S. southeast to the northeast.

Thursday Sat image

Details from Met Eireann on Storm

Download the PDF file .

Main Image of storm on Wednesday as shown in title:

Feb 12th 2014 Storm
Feb 12th 2014 Storm


Main Image by:

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). Caption by Adam Voiland.

More info:

Instrument: Terra – MODIS

Orange Weather Warning


Orange Weather Warning in Operation!

Today won’t be as serious as Wednesday there will be some heavy rain and strong winds with gusts up to 110km/h after a cold night.

Rain will approach from the SouthWest and arrive between 9am and 10am in Carlow, falling as sleet and snow at first especially on high ground. Winds will also increase from 9am and peak between 11am and 1pm with Gusts up to 100km/h in Carlow but it will remain windy into the evening.

The rain will will be heavy for several hours and only reduce to showers in the evening and with up to 35mm possible there is a high of flooding!

With weakened structures and trees people need to take care tomorrow. More details later.

Weather Warnings


Flooding Warning for Ireland

Further disruption is possible today as another Atlantic storm tracks over Ireland producing heavy precipitation and gales in places.


Thursday 13 February 2014 21:00


Friday 14 February 2014 06:00 to Friday 14 February 2014 21:00


Wind Warning for Munster and Leinster

Very wet and windy weather developing on Friday morning as strong to gale force easterly winds develop through Munster and Leinster with mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h and gusts of 80 to 110km/hr, strongest in exposed coastal areas.


Thursday 13 February 2014 11:00


Friday 14 February 2014 06:00 to Friday 14 February 2014 15:00


Rainfall Warning for Munster, Leinster, Connacht, Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan

Heavy rain in all areas. Between 30 and 45 mm in 24 hours.


Thursday 13 February 2014 10:00


Friday 14 February 2014 06:00 to Saturday 15 February 2014 06:00


Snow-ice Warning for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Kildare, Longford, Westmeath and Meath

A band of heavy rain is expected to move northwards during Friday, and is likely to be preceded by a spell of snow for a time in parts of Connacht, Ulster and north Leinster with accumulations of 3 cm in places. The snow will turn to rain later in the day and early Friday night and lying deposits should melt.


Thursday 13 February 2014 15:00


Friday 14 February 2014 10:00 to Friday 14 February 2014 17:00

24hr Rain totals


Estofex Forecast

Estofex Forecast for tomorrow includes a risk of an isolated strong tornado event over the SouthEast!

“From noon to the evening hours, the triple point somewhere between SE-Ireland and C-UK becomes of interest as dry slot draws near from the SW. Interaction of both features could result in a few vigorous updrafts. This scenario is also backed by the favorable placement of a 50 m/s (plus) 500 hPa jet streak. LL flow won’t be as intense as further south, but high SRH-1 and low LCLs point to an isolated tornado threat… next to severe wind gusts and marginal hail.
Further south, the dry slot probably lowers thunderstorm probabilities, but an isolated event can’t be ruled out over NW France and most of C/S UK as BL moisture remains adequate with mixed-layer mixing ratios in excess of 5 g/kg. Spotty pockets of EL temperatures between -20 and -30 °C also support the idea of ongoing convection potential. Despite lack of confidence in a forced line of storms, any shower/thunderstorm event could support downward momentum transport of very intense winds (e.g. 850 hPa winds aoa 45 m/s with SRH-1 well in excess of 400 m^2/s^2 !). Once again it will be hard to distinguish between the background gradient flow and convectively induced wind gusts, but convection could certainly add a localized damaging wind gust risk at the surface.
Despite the ongoing wrap-up process of the thermal wave, this depression certainly features an higher tornado risk compared to the past events. Extreme LL shear and some modest onshore LLCAPE back that idea and an isolated strong tornado event can’t be ruled out especially over SE-Ireland, SW-S and C UK.”

Weather Warning 2 Jan 2014

More Weather Warnings in place for strong winds and tidal flooding tonight into tomorrow. Carlow will escape the worst but will still see some rough weather with gusts of up 90km/h and risk of swollen rivers flooding.

Alerts issued:

Weather Warnings


Wind Warning for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick

Becoming stormy this evening and tonight and continuing for a time tomorrow with South to Southwest winds mean speed 65 to 90 km/hr with gusts 110 to 130 km/hr. Heavy rain, high tides and high seas also, with local flooding, especially in coastal areas.
Thursday 02 January 2014 09:00
Thursday 02 January 2014 17:00 to Friday 03 January 2014 14:00


Wind Warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Tipperary and Waterford

Becoming extremely windy or stormy this evening and tonight and continuing for a time tomorrow with South to Southwest winds mean speed 55 to 80 km/hr with gusts 90 to 110 km/hr. Risk of coastal flooding.
Thursday 02 January 2014 09:00
Thursday 02 January 2014 17:00 to Friday 03 January 2014 14:00

Cork City is at high risk of flooding:

A tidal surge & strong south to south easterly winds are predicted over the next number of days. These factors combined will increase the tide levels over the natural tide levels.

During this period, prior to and after these tides, there is a danger of Tidal Flooding in the City.

It is possible that flooding may occur in the low lying areas of the City Centre including in particular South Terrace, Trinity Bridge, Rutland Street, Cotter Street, Stable Lane, Union Quay, Morrisons Quay, Proby’s Quay, Frenchs Quay, Crosses Green, Sharman Crawford St, Wandesford Quay, Lavitts Quay, Kyrls Street & Kyrls Quay, Coal Quay and Lapps Quay

Other Areas at potential risk are South Mall, Oliver Plunkett Street, Pembroke St., Princes Street, Marlborough Street, Cook Street, Winthrop Street, Kennedy Quay, Centre Park Road, Monahan’s Road, Georges Quay, and the low lying areas of the City Centre.

Householders and businesses should take Precautionary Measures to protect property.