Storm Barra was a weather event that brought very strong and disruptive winds and heavy rain to Ireland on December 7, 2021.
Well done to Roslyn Dee for drawing attention to the disappearance, due to excessive lighting, of our wonderful night sky (‘Let’s celebrate the awesome beauty of dark sky reserves’, Irish Independent, December 9).
There are times when a risk requires a decision to be made and implemented quickly. But there are also times when rushing into a decision risks taking the wrong one. Of late, we seem to be getting them the wrong way around.
At one stage last week Storm Barra left nearly 60,000 homes without power. This is a reminder about how big the differences can be across this small island. Three days without power in Dublin would be declared a national emergency, yet it’s treated as a normal, if unfortunate, event when it happens in any of our western counties.
Red sky at night is shepherd’s delight, red sky in morning is shepherd’s warning. And if it rains on St Swithin’s Day in mid-July you can expect that is the death knell of hopes for a sunny summer as the venerable English bishop is the custodian of 40 days and 40 nights of rain.
German politicians elected Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as new chancellor on Wednesday, ending 16 years of conservative rule under Angela Merkel and paving the way for a pro-European coalition government which has vowed to boost green investment.
Climate action measures are not being taken fast enough to help slow climate change or protect essential services from the extreme weather it is already causing, the country’s advisory council has warned.
Residents and businesses in Mayo’s seaside towns are hoping Storm Barra won’t batter villages that have been devastated by fierce storms and coastal flooding in the past.
STORM Barra will batter Ireland on Tuesday with wind gusts reaching a violent 140kmh as motorists and householders were warned the vast Atlantic weather front now poses a potential threat to life.
The State’s emergency response team is keeping a close eye as the entire country braces itself for Storm Barra that will “come in like freight train” on Tuesday morning, with a Status Red ‘violent storm’ warning on the way for some marine areas.
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