Storm 12 Feb 2014: Shannon Airport extreme gust

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Storm 12 Feb 2014: Shannon Airport extreme gust

Postby Eddy Graham » 2014 Feb 12, 20:45

Hi Everyone

I have checked my records, and I believe Shannon Airport's (03962) max wind gust this afternoon of 86 knots is the highest at the station since the "Hurricane Debbie" storm of 16/9/1961.

Shannon Airport is an established meteorological station in Ireland and has (I believe so) a fairly homogenous wind record stretching back to 1939 (my father used to be Deputy Manager there in the '60s and '70s).

I rooted out all my old Monthly Weather Bulletins from the loft this evening, and here are the various records over the past 20-50 years):

16/9/1961: 93 knots (note the palindromic date!)
9/2/1988: 80 knots
4/1/1991: 75 knots
8/12/1993: 70 knots
24/12/1997: 83 knots
26/12/1998: 72 knots
12/2/2014: 86 knots

Hence I believe today's max wind gust is the highest at the station since that infamous and remarkable day in 1961. This is certainly of note.

As I type, reports are still coming in of major disruption across counties Galway, Cork, Clare, Kilkenny and elsewhere. Remarkably, there are no reports of lives lost (yet): the "weaker" storm of 4/1/1991 was responsible for 14 deaths alone in Ireland.

Eddie Graham
Stornoway, Scotland
Eddie Graham
Stornoway, Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Outer Hebrides), Scotland.

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