Tuesday 16 January 2018

Weather Live: everything you need to know about RTE's three night live weather special tonight

It's like Big Week on the Farm but with the weather

Weather Live Gerry Murphy, Kathryn Thomas and Karina Buckley Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th November 2017 Photography by Ruth Medjber
Weather Live Gerry Murphy, Kathryn Thomas and Karina Buckley Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th November 2017 Photography by Ruth Medjber
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A month after Ophelia ravaged the country our national obsession with the weather has reached its peak and RTE is on hand to feed the need with a three day live weather special.

There's a lot more to Irish weather than sunny spells and scattered showers it seems and Weather Live aims to explore every nook and cranny of the meteorological landscape.

Broadcasting live from a studio hub in the National Botanic Gardens over three nights from Wednesday to Friday from 7pm on RTE One it's a bit like Big Week on the Farm, but with the weather.

While much of it sounds fascinating and informative, other elements are as 'mad-as-a-bag-of-frogs' as you might expect whether it's a celebrity 'being put through their paces in a live weather challenge' or a man who wants to make Ireland the 'world's leading cloud-holiday destination'.

Presenter Kathyrn Thomas will be joined each night by a host of live studio guests and Met Éireann meteorologists including stalwarts Gerald Fleming and Evelyn Cusack as well as 'face of Ophelia' Joanna Donnelly.

They'll inform us about what makes the Irish climate so unique and how it affects our everyday lives.

Weather Live Gerry Murphy, Kathryn Thomas and Karina Buckley Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th November 2017 Photography by Ruth Medjber
Weather Live Gerry Murphy, Kathryn Thomas and Karina Buckley Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th November 2017 Photography by Ruth Medjber

There will be live satellite links to studio with meteorologist Gerry Murphy and weather presenter Karina Buckley from locations across Ireland including Valentia in Co. Kerry on the edge of the Atlantic, the largest fishing port in Ireland at Killybegs in Co Donegal, and Dublin Airport.

Since it's Science Week there will also be a Science Corner with 'fun and explosive' demos, a live weather balloon launch, and the aforementioned celebrity guest challenge.

Back in studio Kathryn will be asking all of the weather-related questions you have ever wanted to ask and some you had never even conceived of asking.

How does the weather affect the human body? How do our storms get named? Why is Dublin the driest county in Ireland? What weather events have changed the course of Irish history?

There will be no weathered stone left unturned. 

Aside from the live aspect, there will also be pre-recorded segments with behind the scenes footage with Met Éireann forecasters during Hurricane Ophelia.

Viewers will also get to spend a day with champion surfer, Easkey Britton, who rides the biggest waves on the north west coast.

We will also be going island-hopping with one of nation’s oldest voluntary weather observers and meet the aforementioned cloud man.

Speaking to Sean O’Rourke on Monday, meteorologist Siobhan Ryan revealed she will appear on Thursday night’s show and explained, “ I’ll be talking about a few light-hearted pieces to do with the weather and debunk a few myths when it comes to the weather and then we’ll touch on weather and music as well."

We can probably expect to hear Crowded House's Everywhere You Go at some point so.

Weather Live, RTE One, 7pm, Wed Nov 15, Thurs Nov 16, Fri Nov 17.

Read more: Here's how Met Eireann produce weather forecasts - and what it's like to declare a Red Alert  

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