Signs of some Spring warmth at last

After what has proved to be a pretty cold Spring so far, with temperatures running up to 1.0 Deg.C below normal for the March-April period, there is some hope on the horizon now for some decent spring-like temperatures to affect Ireland over this coming weekend and for much of next week.

 

The above graph shows the daily temperature anomaly for this spring season to date, and as can been seen (and what was actually felt) there has been little in the way of any real warmth since the start of the season.

 

With high pressure forecast to remain over the near continent over the next few days, this will help ‘steer’ Atlantic low pressure systems more to our south, which in turn will help draw up warmer and more humid air masses up over Ireland from Spain and France.  The gif animation below shows how this process will develop over the next five or 6 days:

 

 

Image C/O Modellzentrale
Image C/O Modellzentrale

 

By early next week, winds, which have been blowing from a predominantly cool west or northwesterly direction for much of the spring, will back more to the south and east, helping temperatures to rise to bring us all some much needed pleasant warmth. Actual daytime temps could reach up to 20.0 degrees by day, with nighttime temps ranging between 8 and 13 degrees, which is as warm, if not warmer, than most of our days have been this spring so far!

However, there are caveats, (well, this is Ireland afterall). This warmer air mass will also be quite humid, which is likely to lead to cloud building from time to time and even some showers breaking in some spots, but this is nothing that we aren’t used to anyway and will help to spur on growth. As always, stay tuned on our facebook page for updates.

 

Super El Nino 2015-2016. Will it have an impact on Ireland’s Winter?

Introduction

There has been much speculation in the media recently about this year’s ‘El Nino’ and its possible impacts on the winter weather both here in Ireland and in the UK. With sources now saying that the winter El Nino of 2015/2016 may possibly be the strongest on record, we will take a look to see if this Pacific Ocean climate phenomena does indeed have a direct impact on winter weather conditions here in Ireland

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El Nino: What is it and will it influence our Summer weather?

You may have heard whisperings recently about the possible development of a climatic phenomenon known as ‘El Nino’ later this year, and its potential impacts on weather conditions on a global scale.

El Nino events typically bring an increase in rainfall over the both the North and South American continents, and a decrease in rainfall over southern and southeastern Asia, as well as the Australian continent as a whole.

But what is ‘El Nino’, and why does it have such a significant influence on global weather and climate? Moreover, what effects, in any, does it have on weather conditions here in Ireland? Continue reading

15 Interesting Facts about Snow

Susan StevensonSnow. We either love it or hate it.

What cannot be denied however, is that few can resist its beauty as it falls softly from the sky or be fascinated by the transformation it brings to a familiar landscape into something far more magical and otherworldly.

So while we all wait in anticipation for our first big snowfall of the winter season, here is a list of some snow laden facts.

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Why did it feel so cool/cold this week?

After the extended period of pleasant warmth that we experienced throughout June, July and the early part of August, this last week certainly came as a bit of a shock as a Polar air mass, which moved down over Ireland last weekend,  brought with it a much cooler feel to the air. Many people commented that it felt more like October than August, with many others saying that they had to put the heating on for the first time in months. Continue reading

Weather Conditons during RMS Titanic’s Voyage

HMS Titanic departing Cobh Harbour at 1.35 pm April 11 1912. The last known photograph of the ship to be taken.
RMS Titanic departing Cobh Harbour at 1.35 pm April 11 1912. The last known photograph of the ship ever to be captured

At 1.30pm, April 11th, 1912, the world’s largest ocean liner of its time set sail from Cobh, Co. Cork on what was to be its first and, alas, final journey across the vast expanse of the north Atlantic. The RMS Titanic sailed without hitch for 3 days and 3 nights before striking an iceberg and descending to its final resting place 2 miles beneath the ocean surface.

In the many years since this infamous disaster, many theories, some arguably more fanciful than others, have abounded as to why and how the ship met with such a dreadful fate. One element that would appear to be blameless, however, is the actual weather conditions that Titanic encountered on its maiden voyage. Continue reading