The recent super-moon on January 1st was exceptionally bright and the effect was even enhanced by some rare clound cover in the above photo taken from Altamount by Fr. James McSweeney. [2u.ie]
The super-moon is so called is when the moon is at its closest to Earth and thus at it’s brightest. We have one or more super-moons every year, but the clouds as shown above are much rarer and get no publicity because they are unpredictable and just appear. They are normal clouds, but the cloud is sitting on the highest point of a gravity wave, thus appearing to be in straight lines. [read more …] “Gravity Waves under a Supermoon”
laStorm Eleanor will be passing over Ireland today, and it looks like we’re in the firing line again, thought probably not too bad this time, with gusts of over 100km/hr forecast for Millstreet in the afternoon.
Weather wise it was a strange new years day, with lovely sunshine in the morning, broken by fierce showers of hail. We had the brightest moon of the year (the ‘wolf super-moon’) early after dark, and then unusually the clouds all lined up in parallel lines (what appear like roll clouds), a noted effect of an approaching storm 🌬️😨 [read more …] “A Windy Evening in Store”
After a mild and damp Christmas Day, the rain got heavier on St. Stephen’s Morning, only to turn to snow in the afternoon, missing out on a white Christmas by just a day. John was up on Clara this afternoon, and took these photos:
Following the storms (Ophelia & Brian) we have had two weeks of nice autumn weather, interrupted this weekend as the wind has turned and is now coming from the north … so it has gotten cold, bringing with dark clouds, heavy showers, but still lovely sunshine. This beautiful photo which was taken yesterday about 12pm catches this, as the showers roll in into Millstreet, throwing up another rainbow over Tubrid – photo: Instagram/Simon Duggan
Unfortunately St. Nicholas’ Church in Kilcorney lost part of its roof yesterday during Storm Ophelia, but thankfully no-one was hurt. Today, Pat Sheehan from Kilcorney NS Board of Management was interviewed on RTE Radio 1 by Evelyn O’Rourke about what happened, and what will happen. Listen to the interview from 2:25 in the RTE Podcast below:
It has been eerily calm all day. The animals and birds have hardly uttered a sound, like they know something is coming. Ophelia is nearly upon us, and tomorrow morning we’ll wake to the rising storm, possibly the strongest to hit us in over 50 years. If you haven’t tied everything loose down by now, it is probably too late. Above all stay safe and don’t do anything stupid like going out in it or driving. Things can be replaced, people can’t. In town, people have been asking what time the storm will be, well the answer is most of the daylight hours, the worst at lunchtime … below is the best current estimate for tomorrow. The best to everyone. Bíonn grásta Dé idir an diallait agus an talamh. 🙏
Weather Warning: STATUS REDWind Warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry. Ex-hurricane Ophelia is expected to bring severe winds and stormy conditions on Monday. Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding. Valid from Monday 16 October 2017 09:00 to Tuesday 17 October 2017 03:00 – from Met Éireann
We knew it was going to be bad yesterday, but few expected it to be that bad. Heavy snow in the morning, made things awkward, but it turned to constant heavy rain at midday which washed away the snow, and the afternoon was just streams of water flowing in every direction. Sure, summer is coming, isn’t it …
Blanket of snow in Ballydaly yesterday morning – photo Geraldine Dennehy
A week ago there was a sudden and unexpected heavy snowfall which blanketed the area, especially Mushera which got a good deep cover. While it’s lovely to look at, hopefully it will be the last one of the year, and that the weather will pick up, after what has been an awful winter. (With thanks to Paul/Noreen O’Connor who took the 30+ photos below at dawn last Sunday in the Mushera / Knocknakilla area).
It has been unseasonably warm this last two months, and our plants are confused. This daffodil from Dooneen is trying to get out before the snowdrops … only three months early! There have been reports from all over of plants flowering way out of season this December. Climate change perhaps, or a seasonal anomaly, who knows. What has been happening though is that ground temperatures have stayed up at 12 Celsius, which is a point where many plants start to grow at, and it might be an explanation of sorts. In the last few days, ground temperatures have fallen back to 7C, so that might put a stop to out of season flowers.
It’s safe to say that we’re pretty sick of all the bad weather at this stage, but with the arrival of Storm Desmond Met Eireann have issued a code red rain warning and a code orange wind warning for South Western counties, from this evening all through Saturday and into Sunday morning.
We’re coming to the end of the current dry weather, so to avoid doing things in halves, there’s a Code Orange Weather Warning in effect for tomorrow, with some flooding possible and up to 70mm of rain on higher ground 🙁 From the graphic below, it looks like it will begin raining during the night and get a bit heavier from the late morning on.
All in all, tomorrow won’t be the best day for hanging out the washing!
Wall to wall sunshine this Bank Holiday Easter Monday for the first of the Eventing Ireland one day events – Cross Country gets underway in Drishane Castle from 1pm! The Welcome tour is on from April 2nd to 12th, taking a break tomorrow April 7th. Full details on millstreethorseshow.ie with updates and more on their facebook page.
A light cloud cover that moved in overnight blocked most from seeing the partial solar eclipse in Millstreet this morning. While most of us saw nothing other than it geting a little dark, the photo below taken by Jordan at Drishane View shows that it did at least make a brief appearance. [read more …] “Solar Eclipse Obscured”
A rarely seen phenomena was seen in the skies tonight as the moon looked to have a huge ring around it.
Quite beautiful, it’s called a lunar halo and here’s the explanation:
“A lunar halo is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. As light passes through these hexagon-shaped ice crystals, it is bent at a 22 degree angle, creating a halo 22 degrees in radius (or 44 degrees in diameter).” – from Farmers Alamac
Due to a status Red and a status Yellow weather alerts for tomorrow, all Boards of Management of primary schools in the area have instructed us to remain closed tomorrow, January 15th. This is in the interest of pupil and public safety. We regret any inconvenience caused.
Millstreet Community School is also closed, as are the preschools: Little Treasures and Curious Minds:
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STATUS RED – Wind Warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick – Mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts of 130 to 150km/h possible. The strongest winds will be along exposed coasts and mountainous areas. [info on status red]
Issued: Wed 14th Jan 2015 20:00 . Valid: Wed 14th Jan 8pm to Thurs 15th Jan 2pm
We got the best part of six inches of snow last night. Before it melts in the storm this evening, children were busy enjoying the snow before school this morning making snowmen. We love snowmen, so here are a few but send us a photo of yours (to contact @ millstreet.ie) if you’d like it added:
Today is St. Hilary’s feast day, traditionally the coldest day of the year. So it was not unexpected that we awoke to a blanket of snow in town as well as the hills around us (it’s the second snowy morning this winter). We may get a few more flurries as the day goes on, but it could also be rain :-/.
But please be aware that the forecast for the next few days isn’t great. Tomorrow afternoon until Thursday is going to be very windy and wet too, and after that it will get cold barely getting above freezing during the day, and getting even colder at the weekend. More details below:
The first snows arrived about 6:30 on Thursday morning. There wasn’t much in town, but there was a nice bit on the hills. One of our braver readers made a snowman and took some nice photos in the morning sunshine on his way to work at the top of Togher. Click the images for full size
The first storm of the winter is coming towards us this evening. The winds have started to pick up already, but by tonight the gusts will be very strong. Be careful and tie down anything that could fly … like trampolines 😉
Put into context, devastating storm of last February had gusts of 65mph around here,so it’s not going to be terrible.