Severe Weather Event October 16th – Advisory #5

This will be the final advisory for Hurricane Ophelia. It is currently moving northeast at a brisk 30 knots, and should start affecting southern Irish counties in the early morning, so less than 24 hours from now. It is currently transitioning from a hurricane to an extratropical cyclone, which in effect means that it will…

Severe Weather Event October 16th – Advisory #4

Hurricane Ophelia is contiuing to strengthen, with satellite images showing a clearly defined eye and remote wind speed measurements indicating that the storm is at the top end of Category 2 and could evolve into a major Category 3 Hurricane over the course of this day. All major weather models are now in agreement that…

Severe Weather Event October 16th – 17th – Advisory #3

Ophelia has evolved into a Category 2 Hurricane, and has started on its trek to the Northeast. It is now all but certain that Ireland will be affected by Ophelia on Monday. It will technically not be a hurricane anymore, but it will hold hurricane force winds. The size and intensity of the storm mean…

Potential Severe Weather Event October 16th – 17th – Advisory #2

As was expected by the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Ophelia was upgraded to a hurricane overnight. While it is currently quasi stationary southeast of the Azores, there is an increasing agreement among the major weather models that the storm will hit Ireland early next week. There is some disagreement about the exact time that…

Potential Severe Weather Event October 16th – Advisory #1

I know this seems like a weird warning to give here in Ireland, however due to its unusual characteristics, it appears likely that tropical storm Ophelia, which will evolve into a hurricane by Thursday, will hit Ireland early next week, most likely on Monday. The US National Hurricane Center in Miami is tracking the storm,…

Weekend Weather Word #9 – Hurry, Hurry, Hurricane!

Those of us who have been following the news over the last few weeks will remember the hullabaloo made about a “hurricane” hitting Ireland a week or two ago. While most of the fears were blown (pun fully intended) out of proportion, there was more than just a grain of truth in this story. Ireland…

Weather Forecast: Oct. 5th – Oct. 7th

Good morning everybody from sunny (and scorching!) Dubai. I really wish I could send some of that heat up to ye guys. Though, looking at the forecast charts, it doesn’t look too bad for the next couple of days, in fact it will even be mostly dry. The rest of Wednesday looks like quite a…