Winter 2015 among wettest on record

As the country was buffeted by 130km/h winds yesterday, a report has confirmed that 2016 has thus far been a washout for most of us.

Winter 2015 among wettest on record

A woman had to be taken to University Hospital Limerick yesterday after she was blown over by the gales.

After six storms battered the country in just three months, more than half of Irish weather stations recorded 2016 as the wettest winter on record.

According to Met Éireann, both Dublin Airport and Johnstown Castle in Wexford reported their wettest winter since they opened 74 years ago, with rainfall totals of 371.6mm and 514.6mm, respectively.

Malin Head reported its wettest winter on record since 1885, with a seasonal accumulation of 567.3mm — with 80.6mm reported on December 5, the season’s wettest day and the wettest day at the station since 1955.

The station at Newport in Mayo recorded over 56mm of rain on February 9 — its wettest February day since 1960.

Valentia Observatory in Kerry reported its wettest day in 34 years on February 16, with 43.6mm of rain, while Belmullet in Mayo reported its wettest February day since 1992 after being hit by 25mm of rain.

However, the winter period was milder than normal, with nearly all seasonal mean air temperatures above their long-term average.

February was cooler than December and January this season.

Dublin (Phoenix Park) reported a seasonal mean temperature of 6.7C and its warmest winter since 1998. Carlow (Oak Park) and the remaining Dublin weather stations reported their warmest winter in up to nine years.

The highest winter temperatures were mainly recorded between December 17 and 19, with the highest seasonal maximum of 16C reported at Malin Head in Donegal on December 17, its highest winter maximum since 1955.

Cork Airport reported the winter’s sunniest day and its sunniest winter day in 12 years on February 24, with 9.7 hours of sunshine.

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