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Bob the Buoy now has pride of place next to Valentia Lighthouse at Cromwell Point
#Buoys - After more than two decades of service as part of the Marine Institute’s national weather buoy network, the affectionately named ‘Bob the Buoy’ will see out his retirement as a permanent resident at Valentia Lighthouse. Bob withstood countless…
The yacht beached near Waterville, Co Kerry, as seen earlier today
#StormHector - One sorry yacht owner felt the wrath of Storm Hector today (Thursday 14 June) when their vessel was founded beached near Waterville in Co Kerry, as RTÉ News reports. The Hanse yacht, named Seabiscuit, broke its mooring in…
The data buoy will be deployed for testing over the next 12 months west of Galway Bay
#Weather - The Marine Institute is preparing to carry out deployment and extended testing on a next-generation weather buoy from next week. The ILV Granuaile (Callsign EIPT) will position the data buoy at 53°07.36'N 11°12.00'W. A Statutory Sanction will be…
Storm Fionn Prompts Gale Warning For Irish Coasts
#StormFionn - Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange marine weather warning for all coasts of Ireland and on the Irish Sea today (Tuesday 16 January) as Storm Fionn sweeps in. Westerly gales or strong gales with mean speeds of…
Orange Warning For Storm Eleanor On All Irish Coasts Today
#StormEleanor - Just days after Storm Dylan swept across the north of Ireland, winter storm number five is set to move in off the Atlantic later this afternoon (Tuesday 2 January). Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange weather warning…
Storm Dylan’s Approach Brings Status Orange Coastal Warning
#Weather - Barely a month after Storm Caroline, a Status Orange gale warning is in effect on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea as Storm Dylan is forecast to sweep over the country this evening (Saturday 30…
Gale Warning For Irish Coastal Waters Ahead Of Storm Caroline’s Passage
#Weather - Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow gale warning on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea in effect from 5am this morning (Wednesday 6 December). Gusts of up to 110km/h are expected along all coastal…
Are Sea Area Forecasts Necessary?
In this digital age, with so many available resources providing sea area weather forecasts, is there still a need for national radio to broadcast these forecasts? I heard an RTE Radio Presenter asking a Met Eireann meteorologist on-air whether there…
Irish Weather Buoy Network Features On RTE’s ‘Weather Live’ Tonight
#Weather - The work of the Marine Institute's Irish Weather Buoy Network will feature on RTE One's Weather Live this evening (Friday 17 November). The TV programme has filmed the redeployment of the M5 weather buoy, which broke free during…
Ophelia: Crunching The Numbers On Galway’s ‘Unusual’ Storm Surge
#Ophelia - With most of Ireland battening down the hatches for the second time in a week in preparation for Storm Brian’s arrival, the Marine Institute in Galway says it continues to gather and analyse data from Storm Ophelia. Despite…
The lone sentinel. The Fastnet Rock in average Atlantic conditions. Monday’s record there of winds of 191 km/h will have created sea turmoil beyond imagination
Before the imminent Storm Brian starts disrupting plans tonight and over the weekend, let’s take a final look back at the recent events in wind-battered old Ireland writes W M Nixon. We have been so busy marvelling at recorded wave…
Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Montréal is on a visit to Dublin Port having taken part in a major UK-led NATO exercise off Scotland
#navalvisits- A Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Montréal made a morning arrival to Dublin Port yesterday having taken part in a major UK led exercise involving a large NATO fleet off Scotland last week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call of…
Ophelia strikes West Cork. In normal weather, the white day-mark of Baltimore Beacon stands serenely well above the sea, guiding mariners into the popular West Cork harbour. But yesterday – as recorded by noted Baltimore sailor and restaurateur Youen Jacob – Storm Ophelia ensured it was well-salted
A former hyper-active hurricane, only very recently re-classed as a severe tropical storm, hits southwest Ireland at dawn from south of southwest on a mid-October Monday morning writes W M Nixon. It spends the entire day tracking destructively across country,…
Rescue 116 over Dundalk Bay this morning after reports of windsurfers in difficulty
#Ophelia - Windsurfers on the Louth coast have been roundly criticised on social media as they prompted a major rescue operation before the arrival of Storm Ophelia, as TheJournal.ie reports. The four windsurfers, originally thought to be kitesurfers, made their…
The latest predicted track of the former Hurricane Ophelia over Ireland
#Ophelia - Met Éireann has issued a Status Red wind warning for southern and western counties as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia are set to bring gusts of more than 130kmh this Monday 16 October. Mean wind speeds in excess…
The possible high winds expected on Monday are due to the predicted track of Cat 1 Hurricane Ophelia
There is a risk of severe gales or storm force winds developing across Ireland nearly next week as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia tracks north from the Azores toward Ireland. As a result, Dun Laoghaire Marina has issued a caution…

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