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30-03-2011, 15:03   #1
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ALERT for strong winds 30-31st March

Coming from MTC's forescast ,

"A rapidly developing frontal wave currently located well out to the west of Ireland will race past Mayo and Donegal tonight and produce locally strong wind gusts in northwest Ireland from the south to southwest peaking at about 65-70 mph (110 km/h) between midnight and 0300h (early hours of Thursday 31st). Winds over most other parts of Ireland will peak about the same time at speeds of about 40-50 mph (80 km/h). Watch for further updates as we track this disturbance closely during its approach.


TODAY will start out rather wet as a band of heavy showers moves steadily northeast, to be followed by variable cloudiness and mild conditions on moderate SW winds 20-40 mph. Highs will reach 13-15 C. Today's rainfall amounts (largely received already in the west) will amount to 5-10 mms. Due to the long dry spell and a buildup of oily material on roads, some roads will be unexpectedly slippery. Caution advised. Some sunshine will break through at times later, then further showers are likely to develop, some with thunder and hail by late in the day.

will be windy and in some parts stormy as winds increase to SSW 40-60 mph (see alert above). Very strong gusts may develop in coastal and higher parts of the northwest, around midnight to 0300h. All other regions will become quite windy too (35-50 mph). Some showers with hail and thunder will mark a fast-moving frontal system. Minor wind damage is possible. Lows will be around 7-9 C.

Then Comparing To Met Éireann's : Today will be mostly dry and bright with some sunny spells developing. However, further rain will push into the far southwest by evening. Top temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees.

Tonight rain will become widespread and heavy for a time, then clearing to showers later in the night. It will be mild with lowest temperatures between 7 and 10 degrees in fresh and gusty south to southwest winds.

Tomorrow, Thursday will be cloudy with showers, but some bright or sunny spells will develop later. It will be rather windy with fresh and gusty, occasionally strong southwest winds. Remaining mild with top temperatures between 12 and 16 degrees.

Who's gonna be right this time?........
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31-03-2011, 01:43   #2
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Met Eireann gives Dublin forecasts , not Western forecasts. Of COURSE they will be wrong.
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31-03-2011, 01:56   #3
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Starting to get a few gusts out of the dead calm here, I believe in M.T.
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31-03-2011, 02:02   #4
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I think to be fair we were both expecting about the same sort of thing but as there has been such dead calm weather for weeks, I thought I would highlight this more for the surprise factor than anything else. The wind speeds are not likely to be too spectacular, but it will get gusty. No big deal.

Anyway, it's just about there now, can see the front in satellite imagery just off the west coast now. Oh right, nobody's up anyway ... we'll talk about it in the morning maybe.
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I'm living near Jury's Inn in Galway and its' certainly windy here...the noise outside is wrecking my head!
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31-03-2011, 06:51   #6
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Didn't know about this, was just woken there by it, wheelie bin and everything else being blown around the place, very windy.
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Originally Posted by M.T. Cranium View Post
The wind speeds are not likely to be too spectacular, but it will get gusty. No big deal.
Gusting up to 70mph (113 Km/h) at Mace Head on the 6am reports & 58mph (93km/h) at Claremorris.

Mad windy here too; a whole lotta clatteing 'n' banging goin' on out there.
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31-03-2011, 07:28   #8
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Highest gust recorded so far today at Leenane, Co. Galway is 61.5mph. this was at 03:45
click HERE for weather station
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31-03-2011, 07:37   #9
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Some vicious gusts here in the North Dublin area.

Didn't see that coming, and the charts didn't look too bad.

Gusts frequently above 60mph here for a few minutes there, deck chairs et al everywhere.

Trees were really bending.

Seems to have died for a moment now.


strange, still windy but the severe 5-10 minutes has abated. It was really quite vicious for that period.

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Gusts here atm of 80km/h, started to get bad here at 7am.
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Just got woken up by all the wind! Didn't expect it to be this windy in Dublin!
I wonder if therell be any trees damaged...

I shall check the news when I get up.

But for now ..... I'm gonna try sleeps for another hour! Ha
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I wonder if therell be any trees damaged...
Lots of reports of trees down all over the country on AA Roadwatch.
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I recorded 70 mph on my machine this morning, trees down a large German cargo ship gone aground on rocks off Rossaveal Co Galway, this was never forecast by Met Eireann.
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31-03-2011, 08:45   #14
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Ship blown onto the rocks in Rossaveal harbour when the anchor did not hold in the storm. I bet that Captain loves Met Éireann
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Had a wind battering last night and I was positive it had rained massively. My rain gauge was empty and others nearby are showing tiny amount of rain.

So did it rain at all, the ground was damp this AM but no water pooling but it really sounded like it was lashing.
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