Very wild night here. Electricity,phone and broadband all knocked out, only restored in the last 45 minutes or so. A lot of debris on the ground but no major damage done. Heavy bursts of rain from time to time.
They are the MET service after all.
To be honest I'm not sure. They seem like crazy wind speeds.
The buoys are nothing to do with the Met Service.
In any event, with buoys, sometimes wind reports can be skewed by the position of the buoy on the crest of a wave/swell, or in a trough between the wave/swell, and the wind travelling over/being modified by the waves. As the buoy is not fixed, the wind instrument is not fixed, and, as the buoy is on a couple of metres high, the wind instrument would not be at 'regulation' height.
So while the buoy wind reports are obviously of (great) interest, there are a number of reasons why the Met Service do not (widely) report them.
Here are the data for WT2 buoy, 16 km offshore. Highest mean speed was 72 knots, highest gust 102 knots twice within an hour.
Gust of 67 kts/124 km/h at Belmullet in 1100 reports.
In fairness, it wasn't that the timings were outdated, it was just that the models were ever so slightly off in regards to the peak intensity, for Dublin.
I would argue it didn't peak at 2am though, at least not the entire city - I didn't go to bed until 4am, and it was definitely at its worst here in Dublin 7 at that time.
winds have eased a lot here now but the rain is very heavy and it's very dark.
Meh, seems to have peaked an hour ago here in Donegal, still windy but all-in-all a bog standard gale that'll be repeated several times over the coming months. Getting increasingly tired of the hype and hysteria around these events
I agree, Dublin was calm at 2am, at 4am it picked up but wasn't anything we haven't seen before. This kind of weather 10 years ago wouldn't of raised an eyebrow.
We are over sensitive now and the new warning system is a bit OTT
I think the nationwide red warning for Ophelia f**ked everybody up!
Much calmer now in Dublin (16) with moderate rain. Almost 4mm in the last hour.
I think the media f**ked it all up and then the people who wants everyone to make their decision for them, eg should i go out for walk!
Look out the damn window and decide yourself
Met can't decide for you.
So why do they give the buoy data on met.ie? I understand the science behind the buoys ad wind reports btw.
I like to use this site .
I find it handy for quick and easy to read observations of current conditions.
How can you tell what the max gust was at a particular Met station (e.g. Roches Point) during a 24 hour period?