Shannon Airport has been one of the hottest weather stations over the course of this heatwave, but there has been some controversy surrounding how accurate it's readings are due to potential siting concerns.
Can we use this thread to break down these concerns a bit more
Gaoth Ladir posted a satellite image showing a location that seems to be very unsuitable for a synoptic weather station. However, the picture of the actual weather station on the Met Eireann website shows a different location on the other side of the airport.
Location of weather station according to Gaoth Ladir
Here's a clearer image provided by MJohnston via Bing Maps
And here's a picture of Shannon Airport taken in the 1950s for some context
It shows that the car park near this site was there since at least the 1950s
And here is the only picture of the actual weather station that I have seen
The location that this picture is taken from appears to be different from the site indicated by Gaoth Ladir in his picture
Can we just clarify where exactly the weather station actually is. The satellite images don't show a weather station but then the resolution isn't high enough to show something that small.
Gaoth, have you been to the actual site yourself? Who told you that the weather station was at the location you indicated?
I've sent a mail to Met Eireann looking for clarification on this but in the meantime, it would be great to clear this up once and for all.