Weatherman finds his skills in hot demand
Published 09/01/2010 | 05:00
AT a time like this you really could do with a direct line to the weatherman.
And, the chilly town of Tullow in the county of Carlow -- officially deemed one of the coldest places in Ireland by Met Eireann -- can boast its own individual weather forecaster.
Local interest in amateur forecaster Alan O'Reilly's pastime has soared in the current cold spell as he delivers an up-to-date report using sophisticated technology installed at his home in Crosslow, near the Mount Wolseley Hotel and golf course.
The IT expert (pictured above right) revealed his shock yesterday after he ventured out into his snow-laden back garden to find out his Davis Pro 2 Plus weather machine had recorded a temperature of -17.7C at 9.10am. He also measured the snowfall at over six inches.
In comparison, last January, the coldest temperature recorded at the Tullow station was -7.6C.
"I have had over 2,500 hits on my website on Thursday, the highest ever by far, it would normally be around 70 and I have had a 1,000 already," the 28-year-old said yesterday morning of his website, www.carlowweather.com
His forecast is considered so accurate in the Carlow region that farmers often ring him for weather advice in the run-up to hay season.