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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:20 am    Post subject: Overnight Downpour Reply with quote

My wheelbarrow has an amazing depth of water in it this morning....about 6 inches, not something I have ever seen before and the relentless rain pelting on the roof last night was hard to sleep through.Was it just hitting the East coast ( North Wexford in my case ) or more widespread ?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We record the rainfall here, 42mm last night and 100mm so far this August! We would be in a drier part of the country, we are only 1 mile from the coast. Our water tanks are full to the brim and I expect all the plants are relieved to have rain that is actually soaking in and not just wetting their leaves. Perfect timing for runner beans and corn who love water at this time.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Touchwood we have been lucky for the last 2 days. Last week it seemed to rain in the night so it was OK for gardening the next day, in fact the soil was lovely and moist for planting and weeding.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim wrote:
We record the rainfall here.

Is that an official recording station or just something that you do yourselves? I have heard that there are x number of recording stations in a locality with the results phoned through to Johnstown Castle for instance, it being the local one to me.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is that an official recording station or just something that you do yourselves?


Official station, my best half submits records to met Eireann.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kim, I would love to submit weather records to Met Eireann.....how did you get involved ? Do you have to send in records 365 days a year ? I'd love to know more.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We started with an automatic weather station (AWS) in xxxx but it is not completely reliable (not bad though, but not good enough for met Eireann who rightly need absolute accuracy). The AWS still operates here and can be compared with manual readings.


It is very interesting to see the figures, often it will rain all day and it might only be a couple of mm, but as you described yourself, a wheel barrow is a good indicator of how much rain there has been!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kim, that is all really interesting. Is it just a question of approaching Met Eireann to see if they need more recorders ? Is that the best way to go about it ? It is obviously something to be considered carefully because of the daily commitment, but I would quite like to explore the possibility of doing it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have sent you a pm re. weather recording.

Met Eireann have a list of existing sites on their website.

http://www.met.ie/about/weatherobservingstations/default.asp

at the bottom of the above page are links to smaller stations

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Current Climatological Stations
Current Synoptic Stations
Current Rainfall Stations



One can look and see if their are other stations near you. I believe if you have a suitable sight, commitment and back-up then met-eireann can be approached with a request / expression of interest..
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have given your location away now Kim, maybe you are not bothered.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Kim, lots to read about and think about too on that whole topic.
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