Met Eireann SYNOP station 03980: Malin Head

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Met Eireann SYNOP station 03980: Malin Head

Postby Eddy Graham » 2015 Apr 25, 18:02

Again - to continue this thread:

I visited Malin Head Met Eireann (Irish Met Service) station in September 2002, when on a cycling tour of the Inishowen peninsula of county Donegal (see photo). A common misunderstanding of the site, despite being located on the most northerly peninsula on the island of Ireland, is that it lies politically within the Republic of Ireland and not Northern Ireland (although it is only a few miles from the border between the two states).
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Another common misconception (despite the name) is that it is not located on a headland - it merely lies within the village of the same name 'Malin Head' - the actual headland /promontory lies some 2km further north. First-time visitors to the area also are struck by the lushness of local vegetation and green grassy fields - whilst the headland further north is indeed rather peaty and windswept.

I believe (although I am willing to the corrected on this) Malin Head holds the Irish (Republic of Ireland) national windspeed record of 98 knots (113mph), recorded during the infamous Hurricane Debbie of 16 September 1961 (Rohan 1983). On 26 December 1998, it came close to equaling this record when a gust of 96 knots was measured.

Better photos than mine (above, from 2002) can be viewed on Google Maps/ Streetview, as the station lies beside the single-track roadway in the village - see:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.371766,-7.339866,3a,75y,82h,80.93t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1ss7nDtuvpQVvY4-Nvxuwu1A!2e0
and the approach to the wind tower:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.37101,-7.338945,3a,90y,7.58h,80.91t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1skrKtep_jNlbyeqaqTl2_og!2e0

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Reference: Rohan, P.K. (1983) The Climate of Ireland (2nd Edn), Stationary Office: Dublin
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Re: Met Eireann SYNOP station 03980: Malin Head

Postby Graham Easterling » 2015 Apr 25, 19:01

I believe (although I am willing to the corrected on this) Malin Head holds the Irish (Republic of Ireland) national windspeed record of 98 knots (113mph), recorded during the infamous Hurricane Debbie of 16 September 1961 (Rohan 1983). On 26 December 1998, it came close to equaling this record when a gust of 96 knots was measured.


Gwennap Head, 1 mile SSE of Land's End, recorded 102.5 knots (118 mph) on 15 December 1979. I believe this is a record for a lowland site in England. The strongest gust I've recorded in nearby Penzance is (thankfully!) a fair deal less, at 80mph.

According to the MetO 107.8 knots (124 mph) was recorded on 12 January 1974 at Kilkeel in County Down.
Graham

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Re: Met Eireann SYNOP station 03980: Malin Head

Postby Eddy Graham » 2015 Apr 26, 20:39

Hi Graham

Yes the Kilkeel (Co. Down) value from 1974 is a record for Northern Ireland.

N.B. Foynes flying boat station in the Republic of Ireland (in the Shannon estuary, nr present-day Shannon Airport) recorded some very high gusts during the 1930s/40s, but these were later open to question due to the location of the anemometer on the summit of a rounded hill [thought to increase local accelerations] (Rohan 1983; pers.comm. with D. Fitzergerald of Met Eireann, circa 1990).

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Stornoway town COL station, 20 AMSL, local records back to 1873.
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