Surfworld Bundoran writes:
“Big swell coming for Ireland’s western and NW sea board over the coming weekend and into next week. Here is a shot of Mullaghmore from last year [above] to wet your appetite. The Forecast for swell looks mental. A few normal days of good swell in store before all hell breaks loose …Tomorrow (Thursday) will be nice clean offshore 4 ft…. Friday 3-4 ft and offshore…. Saturday 4-5 ft and offshore…. Sunday will be in the 20-25 ft range [top], Monday 10-15 ft, Tuesday 10 ft, wind will be factor on the big days with WSW wind, but if you know where to go it will be absolutely pumping!”
Top pic: Magicseaweed
H/T: Aidan Ellis
The ring is caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in the clouds and projecting elsewhere into the sky. And, at a certain angle (22 degrees), the halo appears.
Illustrated diagram here
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
Gypsy Christmas or Indian Summer?
Aimée Stewart, of Infographic Natives, writes:
This is a graphic I did using Met Eireann data analysing whether this summer was the nicest ever.
Very depressingly the data reveals we’ve had one, singular, heatwave since records began in the 40s. Anyone remember 1995?
The observatory said the detection was made around the time of a thunderstorm over Dublin on the 24/25 July 2013.
The images show the sprite, a carrot-shaped flash of light, rising high above the thunderclouds as seen from Armagh.
Typical lightning discharges often jump between clouds or between clouds and the ground.
Sprites are associated with similarly powerful electrical fields that occur high above the clouds of the Earth’s atmosphere often during particularly intense thunderstorms.
Dublin this evening.