“Met Éireann Has The Best Predictions”

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Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann Evelyn Cusack

Yesterday.

Met Éireann launched its 2019/2020 Be Winter Ready campaign.

During a report on the launch on Virgin Media One last night, Met Éireann’s Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack said:

“So because of social media now, there can be some very scary and misleading headlines.

“And you know that does concern Met Éireann, that the citizen or people are actually worried unnecessarily and I want to reassure them and assure them that Met Éireann has all the data, has the best predictions for Ireland and we only issue warnings based on the best predictions.

“So please listen in to Met Éireann’s warnings and not to be too frightened by just general noise on social media.”

Oh.

Watch the report in full here

Yesterday: Mellow Yellow

18 thoughts on ““Met Éireann Has The Best Predictions”

  1. bisted

    …can never understand why Met Eireann are so mercilessly attacked…one of the few public services that gets better and more reliable every year…

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    1. Listrade

      Agreed. Yellow, Orange and Red Warnings are set to an agreed risk rating with other Met agencies. A yellow warning is pretty basic, but is issued to highlight potential disturbance. All media outlets would need to do is look at what yellow or even orange warning means and realise it’s not really newsworthy.

      Or

      They could make it into a drama and spend several hours pretending it’s Armageddon to then spend hours the next day discussing why Met Eireann are useless and we can’t believe anything they say because it was just a bit of rain and not a biblical flood.

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      1. bisted

        …Met Eireann are not a broadcasting organisation…they are possibly unique in having a lot of the data they monitor to produce forecasts presented by real meteorologists and climatologists…we are very lucky in that respect…

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      2. phil

        I don’t know it depends on who you are, if there is an orange warning, that tells me to head down to the marina and secure my yacht

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      3. class wario

        I’m not sure the mere fact the media reports on these warnings means they are engaging in rabid hyperbole.

        If anything, it’s your typical social media/office loudmouth decrying a warning as being rubbish because it didn’t signal the end of the world that’s engaging in that.

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  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    I don’t dispute their data knowledge but it’s how they present it that seems archaic. Fans of Wind.y mostly like it for its geo-digital capabilities.

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    1. martco

      this

      I haven’t looked at met website in months now & the telly longer ago.

      Everyone I know uses that other site nowadays.

      I look at it and I make a personal choice on how to proceed with my day. Data is data so I think a lot is presentation as you say.

      Carlow great too but bit nerdy

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      1. Cian

        I find the met.ie mobile website really useful for their rainfall radar. It shows an animation of rainfall over the last 3 hours so you can see how/where the rain is moving. Great if you’re going for a walk or putting the washing out to dry.

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  3. Rob_G

    Stories on the governance of RTÉ, Met Éireann, and yesterday on Trinity getting new Chancellor – is Broadsheet laying bait for eoin to come back or something?

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  4. Tea And Brexits

    Met Éireann has a “Head of Forecasting”? Jebus Wept.

    They might as well leave a permanent Yellow Warning in place. Or as normal people put it: rain every day.

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    1. class wario

      It’s been steadily and heavily raining all day in Dublin so far, I’d say a yellow warning is fair enough in the circumstances. I’d suggest going outside a bit more if you think it’s like this every day.

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    2. Cian

      It is explained here:

      The colour coding used by Met Éireann is fully aligned with international best practice and the European Meteoalarm system:

      Yellow     Not unusual weather. Localised danger.
      Orange   Infrequent. Dangerous/disruptive.
      Red         Rare. Extremely dangerous/destructive.

      https://www.met.ie/weather-warnings

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  5. GiggidyGoo

    But why do we need a roomful transmitted to our TVs (more than a roomful sometimes) of 60+ people when there’s a ‘red’ warning?. All the boys getting their mug on TV and then back home to bed.

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