Tuesday, 19 June 1990
Dáil Éireann Debate
265. Mr. McGrath asked the Minister for Tourism and Transport, in view of the recent 24-hours stoppage of meteorological data at certain stations (details supplied), if he will make a statement on the validity of the forecasts given by the Irish Meteorological Service for the northern half of the country, with particular reference to fishing, boating and yachting interests, when no hourly data was available from any station north of a line from Shannon to Dublin.
266. Mr. McGrath asked the Minister for Tourism and Transport if the stoppage of meteorological data, following industrial action at certain stations (details supplied), will have an impact on any aspect of public safety.
Whether forecasts issued by the Irish Meteorological Service are based on a vast range of data from a wide variety of sources including reports from Irish stations, from other countries and from ships in the Atlantic, on data from meteorological satellites and weather surveillance radar. In a volatile weather situation the absence of data from some normal sources could have adverse effects on the quality of forecasts. On 4 June relatively quiet conditions prevailed and there was no such impact and a comparison of actual weather conditions with the forecast issued revealed no detectable loss of quality. There was no impact on public safety.
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