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There is no Irish weather data collection station on Rockall

  • 09-06-2019 3:28pm
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    The greater the resolution/density of weather data collection around the coastline and inland, the more accurate will be the weather forecasts. High resolution data is required by the HIRLAM and HARMONIE models used by – the more data points the better. Accurate weather forecasting is especially important for fisherman and other sea going vessels as well as air traffic.

    This weather data collection facility could then be given an Eircode, along with the others (M2, M3, M4, M5 and M6).

    Currently no Eircode ‘routing key’ has been assigned to Rockall. Perhaps it might be F99?

    Eircode map:

    So the full Eircode for the new Rockall weather station might be F99 FYOU or similar :-)

    While Britain does not use any of the recognised international high resolution weather forecasting models (hence the poor quality of GB weather forecasts), the has a base in England and Brexit might be a good time for European nations to stop funding for ECMWF at Reading, and set up a new forecasting centre based at some location in the EU. Switzerland has the third largest super computer system in the world (after China), and it runs on renewable energy.

    The Swiss super-computer which is in Lugano provides service to Swiss government agencies and most cantons admin offices. If 8 million Swiss can achieve this, the EU could easily fund a new weather forecasting centre within its jurisdiction that is 100x in computing power terms of what we Europeans are currently funding in Reading. This could run several complex weather models at the same time – France’s AROME, as well as HARMONIE and HIRLAM with results in near real-time.

    The current AROME model output is visible at:,2019-06-10-10,50.282,-3.647,6#

    Time for a revision to the old order.

    Posted at 15h28 UTC (not GMT)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,061 ✭✭✭✭Harry Palmr

    Weather forum mate.

  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 14,422 Mod ✭✭✭✭johnnyskeleton

    Mod Note:

    Moving to the weather forum.

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