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WMO confirms 2016 as hottest year on record, about 1.1°C above pre-industrial era
18 January 2017

The year 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, according to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

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Science Week 2016: The Irish Buoy Network
18 November 2016

The Irish Buoy Network was established in 2000 and we now have five buoys operating around the coast of Ireland. The project today is the result of a successful collaboration between Met Éireann, the Marine Institute, the UK Met Office and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

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Met Éireann’s Voluntary Observers
21 November 2016

Presentation to Brother James O’Hare of the Salesian Order for operation of climate station at Warrenstown Horticultural College since 1951.

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Science Week 2016: Met Éireann regional reanalysis of the Irish climate
18 November 2016

Met Éireann researchers are close to completing a high resolution regional reanalysis of Ireland's climate called MÉRA (Met Éireann ReAnalysis).

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The global climate 2011-2015: hot and wild
09 November 2016

WMO Press Release: Extreme weather increasingly linked to global warming

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2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015 


14 November 2016

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. - Provisional WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2016

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Science Week 2016: How does a weather radar “see” the rainfall?
16 November 2016

Weather radar plays an important role in the detection and forecasting of rainfall in Ireland. Met Éireann operates two weather radars, located at Dublin and Shannon airports. Data from these radars are a vital tool for monitoring the development and movement of weather systems that affect Ireland, providing real-time rainfall estimates.

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Science Week 2016: Modelling the future global climate
17 November 2016

This year and last were significant for global climate change. Carbon dioxide levels last year reached 400ppm, while 2016 will see the global average stay above 400 ppm. This year saw the hottest July on record and is projected to be the hottest year on record.

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Science Week 2016: Next stop Dublin!
17 November 2016

The next European Meteorological Society (EMS) annual conference will be held in Dublin City University (DCU)from 4th-8th September 2017, following a successful bid by the Irish Meteorological Society

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Science Week 2016: Crisp sandwich or bag of chips?
16 November 2016

Many Irish people are obsessed with the humble potato and understandably so. Ireland has the perfect climate for growing potatoes. Unfortunately, it also has the perfect climate for breeding potato late blight, which is the number one disease that threatens potato crops.

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Science Week 2016: Against all odds - Science and the Rising
15 November 2016

Would you volunteer to record the weather during a rebellion? Our observers did! Weather observations at Trinity College were suspended during the Easter Rising in April 1916 but observers in other parts of Dublin continued to measure and record weather conditions, despite the rebellion.

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Science Week 2016: Ensemble Prediction Systems - The Rising Capability of Numerical Weather Prediction
15 November 2016

Numerical weather prediction (or NWP), the process of predicting future weather patterns by using a computer model of the atmosphere, has advanced remarkably in the last 100 years.

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Science Week 2016: The super-power behind weather forecasting
14 November 2016

Since the earliest attempt at numerical weather prediction (NWP) by Lewis Fry Richardson in 1911, it has been clear that forecasting the weather is a computationally expensive process. It took Richardson several months to calculate just a 6 hour pressure change at a single location by hand.

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Science Week 2016: Core-count rising
14 November 2016

Numerical weather prediction (NWP) involves approximating the complex mathematical equations of the atmosphere by a large number of elementary calculations. Roughly speaking, the more of these you carry out, the more accurate your forecast.

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Storm Names 2016/17
14 October 2016

Ireland and UK’s storms will be named again this coming autumn and winter. Met Éireann and the Met Office will build on the success of the first season of the Name our Storms pilot scheme, running a second phase through 2016-17. 

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Charley and the Forecast Factory
25 August 2016

Thirty years ago an Atlantic depression, that was traced back to hurricane Charley, deepened rapidly and brought heavy rain and high winds to Ireland on the 25th and 26th of August 1986.

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The Weather of Easter Week, 1916
14 April 2016

On this the 100-year anniversary, a search and analysis of weather records was undertaken in order to present a day-by-day analysis for both Ireland’s and Dublin’s weather.

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Met Éireann and the UK Met Office release list of winter storm names
10 November 2015

The National Meteorological Services of Ireland and the UK, Met Éireann and the Met Office, have teamed up in a joint initiative to bring greater public awareness of warnings for medium and high-impact windstorms affecting Ireland and/or the UK.

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What's up with the Weather this Winter?
08 January 2016

An unusually high frequency of southerly or south-westerly winds persisted throughout December. Warm and moist tropical air masses brought very mild, wet and stormy weather over Ireland. December 2015 was one of the mildest on record in most areas and the wettest on record in parts of the West, South and Midlands.

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Met Éireann collaborates on an EPA-funded climate change research report.


22 January 2016

Met Éireann recently contributed to a climate change research report, in collaboration with the EPA, ICHEC and UCD. The report, Ensemble of regional climate model projections for Ireland, was written by Dr Paul Nolan, Climate Scientist at ICHEC. It provides an analysis of the impacts of global climate change on the mid-21st-century climate of Ireland. 

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New report on Storm Darwin
20 January 2016

Storm Darwin hit Ireland on 12 February 2014 causing major damage to housing, property and forestry.  Met Éireann has analysed the storm and produced a report as part of the Technical Note series.  This report describes Storm Darwin and assesses the weather forecasts that were issued at the time.  

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Met Éireann wins top prize at Civil Service Innovation and Excellence Awards ceremony
04 December 2015

Well done to our colleagues Bing, Kieran and Evelyn who were awarded a Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Award by the Taoiseach yesterday in the category of Digital Excellence for their work on the METweb site. 

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WMO-sponsored climate change videos by TV weather presenters
20 November 2015

The World Meteorological Organization has invited Meteorological Services and Television stations around the world to contribute videos to promote awareness of climate change and the United Nations climate change conference in Paris (COP-21). Ireland's video, by Evelyn Cusack, will be released on November 21st

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Solar: future energy
13 November 2015

Within the European Union, at least 20% of each country’s total energy consumption must come from renewable sources by the year 2020, increasing to at least 27% by 2030. Solar energy is currently one of the least expensive forms of clean energy. With the growing interest in and use of solar power comes the need for reliable solar radiation or energy forecasts.

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Met Éireann’s Weather Observation Network
13 November 2015

Met Éireann has an observation network that gathers weather data across the country for use in weather forecasts, aviation, marine, agriculture, climate analysis, forecast verification and meteorological research. All weather observations record day-to-day changes of the atmosphere and are quality controlled and archived in Met Éireann’s database to formulate long-term climate

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How the waves off the west coast may change in the future?
12 November 2015

Global climate models predict the increased warming of the earth's atmosphere and oceans. Climate change will affect mean sea-levels, the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, winds and ocean waves. Because Ireland's marine resource is so important, it is necessary to quantify the potential impact global climate change might have.  These changes then need to be carefully assessed

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Let’s be open: the future of scientific research
12 November 2015

Science relies on the distribution of high-quality research and ideas. But a lot of the world’s scientific research is only available through expensive subscriptions to scientific journals or through connections with established institutions. Met Éireann tries to reduce these restrictions by making our research available to all. We follow the National Principles for Open Access by off

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Forecast Verification
11 November 2015

“Forecasts possess no intrinsic value. They acquire value through their ability to influence the decisions made by users of the forecasts.” Allan Murphy, (1931-1997) Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and pioneer in the field of probabilistic weather forecast verification.

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Forecasting Uncertainty
11 November 2015

The earth's atmosphere is chaotic. Methods to analyse its current state and predict future states are not perfect. One approach is ensemble forecasting, which predicts a representative sample of possible future states of the atmosphere and then, produces a measure of the uncertainty of these forecasts.

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Science Week 2015: The west coast of Ireland: why is it a surfer’s paradise?
10 November 2015

Exposed to the wild North Atlantic Ocean, the west coast of Ireland boasts some of the best surfing in Europe. In recent times, the popularity of surfing in Ireland has increased greatly, with surfers from all over the world visiting our shores. Some of the most famous big-wave spots are Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo and the Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare. So what makes the west coast of Ireland such a good

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Irish Met Society Public Lecture: Climate Hints from Tree Rings
05 November 2015

Prof (Emeritus) Mike Baillie (QUB). The Custom House, Dublin 1. 6pm, Thursday 12 November.  

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World Meteorological Organization announcement: Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Hit Yet Another Record 


09 November 2015

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached yet another new record high in 2014, continuing a relentless rise which is fuelling climate change and will make the planet more dangerous and inhospitable for future generations.

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The Future of Agricultural Meteorology
09 November 2015

Met Éireann’s dedicated Agricultural Meteorology Unit is committed to providing the wider agricultural community with relevant meteorological information and services.

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Historical Data Sets


23 January 2015

Historical data sets containing hourly, daily and monthly climate data from our Synoptic stations are now freely available to download by completing the form on our Past Weather - Historical Data page.

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Launch of New Weather Satellite
29 June 2015

MSG-4, due for launch on 15 July 2015 is the fourth and final satellite in the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) series of geostationary satellites, which provides data needed for the ‘nowcasting’ of high impact weather.

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Record wave at M3 weather buoy 


24 February 2015

Buoy M3 (off the southwest coast) reported a maximum individual wave of 21.2 metres at 23.00 on 23rd Feb 2015. The previous record for this buoy was 19.1 metres on 27th Jan 2013. 

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The 2015 Nepal Earthquake, as observed from Valentia
01 May 2015

The 2015 Nepal earthquake (the Gorkha earthquake) occurred at 11:56 local time (06:11:26.9 UTC) on 25 April with a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.8.

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Updating the World Meteorological Organization International Cloud Atlas
12 June 2015

The International Cloud Atlas was developed as a standardized reference document for operational observation systems, which underpin weather forecasts and longer-term climate predictions. It is an important training tool for meteorologists, as well as for those working in aviation and at sea. The roots of the International Cloud Atlas date back to the 19th century.  

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Temperature Projections for Ireland by mid-century
23 July 2015

Researchers at Met Éireann have been involved in a collaborative study with University College Dublin and the Irish Centre for High-End Computing on high resolution temperature projections for Ireland by the middle of this century. The work has recently been published in the International Journal of Climatology.

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The Influence of the North Atlantic Ocean on the Mean Temperature of Ireland
17 August 2015

Researchers at Met Éireann have been involved in a collaborative study with the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton on the influence of the North Atlantic Ocean on the mean temperature of Ireland. The study investigated variations in Irish climate using long-term station-based time series of temperature and precipitation and was recently published in Weather.

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Rainfall time series from 1850-2010 for Ireland.


08 October 2015

An Island of Ireland Precipitation (IIP) series covering the period 1850-2010 for 25 locations has been constructed by researchers at Maynooth University and Met Éireann and made available for use by researchers. Such long-term series are critical for understanding past and emerging changes to the precipitation regime and the hydrological cycle.

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Met Éireann and the UK Met Office release list of winter storm names
20 October 2015

The National Meteorological Services of Ireland and the UK, Met Éireann and the Met Office, have teamed up in a joint initiative to bring greater public awareness of warnings for medium and high-impact windstorms affecting Ireland and/or the UK. Met Éireann would like to thank everyone who submitted suggestions.

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Spinning the climate wheel
21 December 2009

“If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me.” Perhaps Banquo in Shakespeare’s Macbeth should first have asked about the reliability of the witches’ forecasts and then pinned down the details; oracular pronouncements often leave too much wriggle room in their interpretation. In the real world, of course, uncertai

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Book on the first 10 years of Met Éireann by Tom Keane.
29 March 2012

The book "Establishment of the Meteorological Service in Ireland - The Foynes Years, 1936-1945" by Tom Keane has just been published and is now on sale. See http://www.irishmetsociety.org/tom-keanes-book for further details.

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Climate Change: the half-biscuit link
23 April 2015

Our planet is constantly bathed in sunshine as it revolves around the sun, absorbing energy that passes through the top of the atmosphere and returning energy to space by reflection and emission of radiant heat. A balance is struck between the incoming and outgoing energy and, while the details vary by region and season, in general we wobble around an equilibrium which is linked to the mean global

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Wind and Wave Atlas for Ireland
11 November 2014

Researchers in the UCD School of Mathematical Sciences, in collaboration with Met Éireann, have created a new wind and wave atlas for Ireland for the period 2000-2012. The study was supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) through the Renewable Energy Research Development & Demonstration Programme.

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Power of Marine Observations
11 November 2014

Ireland’s position on the western edge of Europe means that we are first to be affected by the regular cycle of weather systems crossing the North Atlantic Ocean. It is imperative therefore that we track how these systems develop and move with marine observations. One of the main functions of the Marine Unit is to deal with marine weather observations. These observations come from many diffe

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Scoring for Ireland: How good are our rainfall forecasts?
10 November 2014

Will it rain? When? How much? It is not always easy to provide definitive answers to these questions as rainfall is often a 'noisy' weather element.

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The Power of People
10 November 2014

This article provides a brief introduction to some of our earliest weather keepers; some of the people who formed part of Ireland’s nascent meteorological network in the 1870s.

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Met Éireann researchers in European collaboration to improve forecasts for the solar energy industry
09 October 2014

Met Éireann is a member of the HARMONIE numerical weather prediction consortium which develops the high resolution HARMONIE model mainly used for short range weather forecasting. As well as using HARMONIE for operational weather forecasting purposes, researchers at Met Éireann are also involved in the development of the model. One area of development we work on is the improvement of

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Felt a bit heavy this winter? It's partly due to water retention.
11 May 2016

Where does all the rain go? Some of it is returned to the atmosphere though evaporation, some will run into rivers to be recycled into the oceans but some will penetrate into soils or percolate deeper into underground aquifers to stay with us a bit longer.

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