Weather ‘worse’ 20 years ago

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

As re­gards ex­treme weather, why is more at­ten­tion not paid to ac­tual records, rather than anec­dotes.

The 52mm of rain in Clon­roche, Co Wex­ford, on June 27, 1986 is about 1.5 times as much in one hour as Malin Head had in two hours last Tues­day, Au­gust 22.

The 77mm of rain­fall at Malin Head on Au­gust 22 is ex­ceeded by a fac­tor of 3.2 by the 244mm at Cloone Lake, in Co Kerry, on Septem­ber 18, 1993. Have a look at the ex­treme weather data on the Met Eire­ann web­site. It’s an eye-opener, with all the ex­tremes recorded more than 20 years ago. Fin­tan Ryan

Bor­ris Car­low

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