Cork battered with twice the average rainfall for November

Cork battered with twice the average rainfall for November

Pedestrians braving the elements in Cork city during a wet, windy and dull November. Picture: Denis Minihane

It was a mild but rainy month in Cork this November, with more than twice the average rainfall for the time of year and some notable wind speeds later in the month.

After a chilly start, much of the first three weeks were relatively mild nationwide. The long, dry summer was a distant memory as Cork Airport recorded the highest number of rain days in the country, with precipitation on 28 out of the 30 days. In total 168mm of rain fell at the airport in November, rising to 200mm at Roche’s Point.

The month’s wettest day was recorded at Valentia Observatory in Kerry with 34.1 mm on November 27.

Although temperatures were generally mild, an absence of sunshine made for a dark month in the city and county, with Cork Airport recording its dullest November since 1994. It experienced less than 45 hours of sunshine during the month, working out at 1.5 hours a day of sun. This is less than two-thirds of the amount of sun the weather station would normally receive.

Although we didn’t get to enjoy many bright days, we also didn’t have to battle much frost. Cork commuters have had a low-stress winter so far, with only the occasional icy morning. In Roscommon they had 19 days of ground frost, while there were just two recorded in Sherkin Island.

November’s highest air temperature was reported at Shannon Airport on the third with a temperature of 16.3 °C — its highest November temperature since 2007 — and Sherkin, Cork Airport and Roche’s Point all recorded above average mean temperatures for the month.

Cork saw both extremes of wind speeds during the month, with Storm Diana bringing the month to a lively close.

Moore Park in Fermoy had the country’s lowest mean wind speeds while Sherkin Island had the most days of strong gales.

Both the month’s highest gust and 10-minute mean wind speed were reported at Sherkin Island on November 28 due to Storm Diana. On the same day, Roche’s Point recorded a gust of 62 knots (115 km/h). This was the highest November gust recorded at Roche’s Point for 13 years.

The storm left roads blocked and thousands without power in Cork, while 14 flights in and out of Cork Airport were cancelled.

December has begun with wind and rain and there is no sign of it abating just yet.

A fresh weather alert was issued for Clare, Cork and Kerry over the weekend — with west to northwest winds reaching mean speeds of 55 to 60 km/h and gusts of 90 to 110 km/h expected.

The long-range outlook nationwide is for weather to remain changeable and unsettled. Heavy rain is expected in Munster on Tuesday and Wednesday and early indications suggest that it will turn cold towards the end of the week, with a risk of frost from Thursday to Saturday night.

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