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Weather memories

  • 04-10-2022 9:29pm
    Registered Users Posts: 193 ✭✭Robwindstorm

    Hi everyone, I did not research anything, so there's no specific dates.

    JANUARY 1982. The famous blizzard. I remember getting two extra weeks of Christmas holidays and sliding on the main Kells to Dublin road as a snow drift had half it blocked outside my house.

    SUMMER 1985. Very wet with constant rain and a spectacular and dangerous thunderstorm in July. We lost alot of hay and any that was saved was called farmers lung hay.

    SUMMER 1986. Hot spell in June followed by another massive thunderstorm. We got to cover some haystacks in the lightning before the rain started. Hurricane Charley came in August flooding the river blackwater and leaving the top bale of our seven bale stacks visible over the water.

    OCTOBER 1987. The Great Storm in England. Michael Fish's famous forecast. I remember seeing the animation of the storm on the BBC news explaining what went wrong. A small depression crossing the Atlantic and combining with another in the bay of Biscay.

    FEBRUARY 1988. Storm K as it was called at the time. Storm center close to 1940 mb passed to our North West like the storms did back then. Alot of trees blown down and I think nearly everyone lost their TV Ariel. I couldn't watch Grange hill for a month.

    FEBRUARY 1990 . Alot of small intense depressions passed through Malin head with 90mph gusts.

    JANUARY 1991. A large storm, not quite as strong as 1988 but it killed alot of people including tourists if I am correct. No real warning systems back then.

    SUMMER 1995. What a glorious summer. After milking the few cows, I would walk the fields barefooted in just shorts while herding and walk up the river to cool down.

    DECEMBER 1997. A vicious Christmas Eve storm knocked out alot of power. Alot of people had no turkey or Tele for Christmas.

    DECEMBER 1998. A St. Stevens day storm with 100mph winds and was long lasting. It knocked alot of mature trees. This for me was the last real strong Athlantic storm to pass over Ireland.

    DECEMBER 1999. Storm of the Century it was called in France. Alot of trees were ripped up in Paris. Maybe Sryanbruen could do some research on this storm.



  • Registered Users Posts: 193 ✭✭Robwindstorm

    You guys have a few more candles on your cake than me. I was a toddler in 76, but heard so much about that sweltering summer, much like 95. I am not sure about Christmas 62 in Ireland but I know 1963 was meant to be one of the coldest winters on record. Memories of snowy Christmas eves are rare, there was one in the 90s and again I think in 2003. I can't remember one as a young lad like you nick, but it's amazing and wonderful the way it has stuck in your mind all these years. Happy memories never fade

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,654 ✭✭✭Comhrá

    1: Listening to the roof timbers of my house creaking during Storm Darwin in Feb 2014. Never want to hear those sounds again. Very scary.

    2: Winter freeze in 2010. - 10c. on my Davis weather station one morning. Water pipes frozen for three days.

    3: Saving hay with my father in the summer of 1976. We left the small tree-lined sheltered meadow for a few hours, the heat was so oppressive.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,901 ✭✭✭Elmer Blooker

    lots of weather memories, probably too many to put in a single post but here goes ....

    the BIG one Jan 1982, summer 1983, July 1985 terrifying storm, Hurricane Charlie Aug 1986, the Siberian pipe burster Jan 1987, summer 1989, winter of 1991/2 when there was no weather for three months (bad), summer 1995, Feb 28 2001 snowfall, August 2003 (on holliers in Wexford), Christmas Day 2009, the only occasion I have ever seen freezing rain, January and December 2010 and the only white Christmas I have ever seen, summer 2022 for the fine August we have waited so long for! ..........

    PS. July 2013 deserves a mention after a run of dreadful summers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 193 ✭✭Robwindstorm

    Ah yes January 1987, icy and plenty of snow and a week off school. Storm Darwin was very similar in structure to the storm on Christmas Eve 1997, only it's path veered off to the NE quicker which meant the south Midlands bore the brunt. 2010 was also unique with the depth of cold and snow. Emma has also special memories in 2018. Good to read others trying to save hay at a time when the big round bale was scarce.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭bad2thebone

    I was born in August 75 my parents often mention those two summers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭bad2thebone

    I remember well the floods in the Burren in November 2009.

    You couldn't drive from Corofin to Kilfenora north bound. As the whole of one section of the road near Leamaneh Castle was under nearly 6ft of water. Tractor's couldn't get through either.

    Part's of Carron were like Islands, detours everywhere. One night I was driving back from the flaggy shore and decided to cut through Carron and come up through the commons and out near the Expo in Killnaboy. I nearly felt like I was trapped as the water levels were rising fast in the lowlands. What I drove through earlier in the evening had risen on the way home. All the run off from the hills were filling up rapidly

    Lough Bunny on the Gort to Corofin road was flooded for weeks. So to get to Galway you needed to go back towards Ennis.

    Some bridges in Ennis were closed off because they were vibrating with the amount of water funneling through. So they had gaurds stopping people from walking over.

    Then along came that frost and everything froze over. Driving from a to b over frozen hail.

    Been a few years now since I seen the gritters on the road.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,855 ✭✭✭Nabber

    Cycled home in the 2011 floods. Spent the night gathering sand bags from the council, packing up a wheelie bin and building rudimentary flood walls at all the older neighbours doors. The dodder was expected to flood at high tide, which it did.

    Walked around to the Aviva stadium Havlock entrance as rumours were spreading that the construction work allowed water into the surrounding neighbourhoods. Two Garda were standing close threatening arrest for anyone who tried to approach.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,901 ✭✭✭Elmer Blooker

    Part 2.

    The east coast continuous lightning for several days, October 2003 (see below)

    The night of November 27/28 2010 and east coast all night lightning, more thunder hail than snow but I’ll always remember those blue flashes. That spell really began in style!

    ok, this one isn’t about the weather but it is about looking up at the sky, about a week later there was a spectacular Aurora Borealis so Oct ‘03 really stands out in my memory.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,335 ✭✭✭Billcarson

    I vaguely remember the cold spell of late Dec 78 / early jan 79. Was only 5 at the time. Well my main memory of it was coming home from Galway. Stayed in my grandparents in kinvara, Galway for a few days around New year's as we sometimes did at that time of Yr. Dont remember much snow in Galway but as we drove back east to Dublin where I lived at the time, the more snow there was on the ground the further east we drove. It was exciting going from where there was very little snow to a couple of hrs later being in a winter wonderland.

  • Registered Users Posts: 131 ✭✭pnott

    My weather memories only go back to the late 90s.

    Christmas Eve 1997 - Worst wind storm I can remember in my lifetime in North East Wicklow. I remember struggling to open the car door such was the force of the wind. I also remember my folks stocking up on candles in case we were in the dark for Christmas. Thankfully the power remained on.

    St. Stephen's Day 1998 - Another windy one. Not as bad as 1997 but it did manage to rip our trellis off the wall.

    September/October 2003 - Not sure on the exact date but early on when I was in 4th year in school I remember getting the bus around 8am and seeing lightning over the sea and thunder. The lightning and thunder continued on all day. Then the heavens opened around 1pm and flooded the back of the school resulting in us getting the rest of the day off and the next day off too.

    July 2006 - The wall to wall sunshine and the heat. Unfortunately that was followed by a rubbish dull August.

    Winter 2009/2010 - Started off cold around mid December. My brother's 30th birthday was on New Year's eve and I remember it snowing in Dublin that night. I also recall the snow around February 2010 resulting in major disruption to rail services.

    November - December 2010: The prolonged cold and snow was unreal. Got around a week off college due to the snow. I remember the slipping and sliding on the ice to mass on Christmas Day that year.

    October 24th 2011 - The extremely heavy rain that fell in the east resulting in an emergency being called in Dublin due to flooding.

    Late February to Early March 2018 - The beast from the east meeting Emma from the South bringing a rare 2 day red level warning. Everything was closed here for two days.

    Summer 2018 - Sun and heat started in mid to late May and continued unabated until August. Spent most evenings and weekends swimming in the sea that summer. Truly a summer to remember.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,776 Mod ✭✭✭✭spacetweek

    This wasn't a single event but does anyone remember the rubbish wet summers of 2007 and 2008. In 2007 in Dublin it rained every day for 7 weeks straight through July and August. It was so bad I seriously considered emigrating.

  • Registered Users Posts: 193 ✭✭Robwindstorm

    Yes, I remember 2007 and 2008 were woeful summers. The river flooded in my area in August 2008. I think the heaviest days rain I have ever seen was in August 2009 as well. 2012 was a terrible summer as well, our summer came too early in March that year when temps reached the 20s. The 2011 flooding was very serious in Dublin and I remember that young nurse lost her life. The last major flooding was in the West around February 2020, so the east coast looks likely to be a target again in the near future.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,913 ✭✭✭Danno

    All summers 2007 to 2012 were dreadful washouts for inland areas owing to daytime convection in between regular zonal fronts. The summer of 2010 wasn't as bad, but didn't really deliver much in the way of memorable summer weather either. Interestingly, each of these summers had decent Mays following often chilly Aprils and mild Marchs.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,776 Mod ✭✭✭✭spacetweek

    That cycle seemed to come to an end with a glorious summer 2013. I recall sunbathing every day after coming home from work.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,257 ✭✭✭cml387

    Met Eireann's forecast for the August 1997 Bank Holiday weekend was for rain to clear away and for a warm and dry spell.

    It started to rain on Sunday. And rain, and rain into Monday, Tuesday and at the end Clonmel suffered serious flooding.

  • Registered Users Posts: 193 ✭✭Robwindstorm

    I remember that August bank holiday, just wasn't sure which year in 90's. That was one of met eireann's most spectacular belly ups of a forecast. I think it was poor Evelyn Cusack who had to face the backlash for a week

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,237 ✭✭✭esposito

    Was a young boy but I remember that washout August bank holiday weekend well. My dad giving out stink about Met Eireann getting it so wrong as we camped in Killarney.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,257 ✭✭✭cml387

    I believe it was due to an errant warm front that, instead of clearing away ,moved up and down over Munster for two or three days.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,257 ✭✭✭cml387

    Here's Met Eireann's report on the event:

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Snowed in up in the Bluestacks... and the sheer kindness of boardsies... A winter whose memories I treasure... cannot mind the date

  • Registered Users Posts: 710 ✭✭✭Hippodrome Song Owl

    I can't remember a lot of the ones I should, or at least they don't stand out to me like they should. Summer 95 means nothing to me although I was in my early teens.

    Hurricane Charlie I remember because we were camping in West Cork. It was awful.

    The only snow event I remember from my childhood is a mediocre snowfall of January 1996.

    Local flooding in summer 1993.

    Then it's all from more recent years. The incredible thunder and lightning of October 2003. The snow of 2009 and 2010. Storm Emma 2018 and the summer of 2018.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,913 ✭✭✭Danno

    Some lovely memories there @sryanbruen and a mention of them brings them back vividly. While you mention Autumn colours 2021, I thought 2013 was the best I've seen in Ireland. This year wasn't bad either - had we more sunny days it would have been picture perfect. Summer 2016 was a decent one too, though I guess 2018 and 2022 have eclipsed it. The late March snowfall of 2016 (think it was 22nd) was impressive for how much fell and how late it was in the season. What year was it that the northeast got a huge snowfall even later - think it was March 30th or even April 1st? Huge drifts up there.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 929 ✭✭✭snowstorm445

    Memories only really go back to the turn of the millennium. Plenty of memories from my parents of snowy winters gone by back in the 70s and 80s, and my grandmother who remembered the winter of 1962-63 (when there was snow on the ground in Waterford for six weeks apparently).

    • December 2000, vague memories of building a snowman with my grandparents in Cork around Christmastime or just afterwards + seeing lots of ice on the wooden fences around the house. One my first childhood memories, as it happens.
    • The heatwave in summer 2003, I remember the thermometer in my mam's car getting over 30C. Apparently the weather in Ireland was quite hazy but I remember there being a lot of sunshine.
    • I remember being told about the heatwave in 2006 but I was living out of the country with my family at the time. I do remember coming back shortly afterwards and seeing burnt grass patches everywhere, and obsessively looking up the forecasts back home for the novelty of 27/28C being shown for Ireland :D
    • The brief snowy weather that hit Drogheda (and much of the northeast) in early January 2008. Snow appeared pretty much out of nowhere one afternoon and didn't stop all evening, there was about half a foot on the ground by morning. I remember taking a trip to Dublin early the next morning and it was bone dry, the snow never made it that far south.
    • Christmastime 2009, when the first cold weather began to hit Ireland that winter. Was down in Kerry with the family and the place was idyllic, freezing but really dry and sunny. Then went back up the country for the snow to arrive almost bang at midnight on New Year's Eve, bringing in the new decade. :)
    • December 2010 hardly needs explaining. Only came back to Ireland for the Christmas period but the flight back was held up for hours by snow at Dublin Airport. Really winter wonderland-like conditions, never seen anything like that in Ireland before or since. At that time of year as well, it felt really special and seasonal. Can still remember how silent it was walking in the snow at night. Was happy I got to experience that at least once!
    • A massive thunderstorm in Cork at some stage in June 2012, incredibly powerful. There was flooding in loads of places all over the city the next day.
    • The cold snap in March 2013, I remember silently fuming all evening as the snow streamers pasted Waterford with six inches of snow and they all died out by the time they got to Cork. :/
    • The warm summer in July 2013, the first of many that decade it turned out.
    • The winter of 2013-14, storm after storm for what felt like weeks on end. There was a lot of flooding in the centre of Cork if I remember.
    • Hurricane Ophelia, October 2017, all the panic and the warning systems, almost like a forerun of lockdown. And DCU tweeting Leo Varadkar asking if they were a college!
    • Storm Emma and the Beast from the East, what an amazing 3/4 days. I probably remember the buildup more than anything else, after so many heartbreaks you just expected the models to fail, but they finally delivered. And so many memories. Seeing snowdrifts at sea level in a seaside part of Dublin. Going to the local shop and witnessing a stampede as the Brennan's bread truck pulled up! The late night powercut as I was following the thread on Boards. And seeing an actual blizzard in person in Ireland! Was great to live through, even if it was brief.
    • The heatwave that summer, felt like it went on forever. I remember seeing Lambay Island from the Dart one day and thinking it was so brown it could've been the south of Spain.
    • I moved to Belgium at the end of 2019. Biggest memory here so far was the cold snap in February 2021. Proper continental cold, temperatures fell to about -14C at night, barely climbed to -5C in the day, and the snow lasted for well over a week. The lake in the local park froze solid and people were walking on it. Made lockdown a bit more bearable tbh.
    • Finally, the last few summers back in Ireland. This one in particular was stunning, especially the prolonged heat in August. I don't ever remember it getting that hot in Cork, at the end it got up to 30C for a couple of days I think.

    There's a few others I can't pin a date to but those really stood out for me! We might resent the weather in Ireland a lot of the time but when everything falls into place it can really deliver!