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A screenshot from a video of the waterspout over Galway Bay that has been confirmed by Met Eireann as an intense columnar vortex - usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud - that occurs over a body of water
A spinning vortex filmed moving over Galway Bay last weekend was caused by “globular “ cumulonimbus clouds, Met Éireann’s head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack has said. As Afloat reported earlier, the vortex or water spout was filmed by Mark Purcell…
Met Éireann extended its Status Orange weather warning from Wexford to Louth as the thunderstorm rolled along the East Coast
A wind turbine off the coast of Co Wicklow is believed to have been struck by lightning amid an intense thunderstorm on Wednesday afternoon (19 October). Smoke was spotted billowing from the 3.6MW turbine in the Arklow Bank Wind Park…
The almost dry bed of the Owendoher River pictured on Saturday 6 August
With Met Éireann forecasting a heat wave for large parts of the country into this weekend, combined with lower-than-average rainfall, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is warning that there is a high risk of fish kills due to thermal stress and…
Ballycotton RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
With Met Éireann issuing an advisory for hot weather through the rest of the week and the weekend, the RNLI, Irish Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland are urging people to plan for their personal safety when visiting the coast…
Kilmore Quay RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Ahead of the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, Water Safety Ireland and Met Éireann are appealing for people to take care when they are on or near the water. With many people continuing to enjoy the…
Ireland’s Met Éireann director Eoin Moran
Ireland’s Met Éireann director Eoin Moran has been elected chairman of Europe’s meteorological satellite agency, EUMETSAT. The 30-member-state EUMETSAT council made the decision to appoint him to the post for two years at its 101st meeting late this week. The…
File image of the Old Pier at Keelbeg in Union Hall, West Cork
Experts have been puzzled by reports of strange tidal activity on the South Coast at the weekend, as TheJournal.ie reports. On Saturday afternoon (18 June), Union Hall in West Cork saw levels in its harbours drop by as much as…
Storm Franklin Status Orange map
Status Orange weather warnings are now in place for coastal counties from Munster to Ulster with the arrival of Storm Franklin today, Sunday 20 February. The third winter storm to reach Ireland within the last five days will bring westerly…
Dublin Port Weather Warning
Dublin Port Company will temporarily close access to both the Great South Wall and the Bull Wall bridge tomorrow (Friday 18 February) due to the arrival of Storm Eunice. The Great South Wall wall be closed from midnight tonight until 7am…
Two storms have been named
With both Met Éireann and the UK’s Met Office predicting disruptive weather this week due to back-to-back storms, the RNLI has urged the public to be careful at the coast. The charity that saves lives at sea is encouraging people…
Ballybunion Buoy being unhooked from crane in Dun Laoghaire, ready to be towed to Irish Lights ship ILV Granuaile
Met Éireann and Irish Lights are pleased to announce a joint collaboration that will enhance our understanding of Irish Coastal Waters, with the aim of improving safety for coastal inhabitants and mariners. Safety of the mariner and the public has…
The scene on the Fastnet Lighthouse this morning with the helipad covered with spray and spume in Storm Barra
A number of weather warnings have taken effect across the country, as Storm Barra arrives, bringing gusts in excess of 130km/h. After making landfall this morning, Storm Barra has caused some flooding in the south and has already left at…
The Irish Coast Guard is appealing to all mariners and coastal communities to be mindful of the severe weather warnings
The Irish Coast Guard is appealing to all mariners and coastal communities to be mindful of the severe weather warnings and to note the imminent arrival of Storm Barra. The coastguard is also appealing to anybody considering any form of…
Cork, Kerry and Clare are now under a Status Red warning for Storm Barra on Tuesday 7 December
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue has urged farmers, fishers and people in rural areas to be extra vigilant and take precautions as Storm Barra approaches the country on Tuesday 7 December. On Monday (6 December), Met…
A Status Orange weather warning will be in effect for counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Galway on Tuesday 7 December
Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange weather warning for counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Galway on Tuesday (7 December) when Storm Barra is forecast to sweep in from the Atlantic. Southerly winds, later becoming to northwesterly, will reach…
Boats swept ashore in the Lake District by Storm Arwen
Video footage shows some of the havoc wreaked by Storm Arwen in marinas and coastal communities as it swept across Great Britain over the weekend. According to Marine Industry News, marinas and shipyards around the UK coast reported “unprecedented levels…

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