Sunday, July 4, 2010

Weather Warnings

I feel as though I'm posting more frequently while on hiatus than I was before.

I was just perusing Met Eireann's website, checkin' out the Irish weather.

There are certain weather warnings that I'm used to seeing on our National Weather Service's website for our area of Northern California: rainstorms in winter, fire conditions in summer, high wind or dense fog warnings at any time, for example. But I have never seen this particular one on this side of the Atlantic:

Blight Warning

Weather conducive to the spread of potato blight will exist for a time today (Sunday) and again during Tuesday and Wednesday There will be opportunities for spraying this evening and for much of Monday
Issued at 22:00 on 03-Jul-2010

Note that this is on the national weather website, not one dedicated to agricultural issues. Some things remain close to the surface for a very long time.



Xtreme English said...

what a handy weather service!! if only it had been operating in the 19th century, i could still be living in the auld sod!!

Sherwood Harrington said...

There would have had to be an additional warning in the 1840's, M.E., something along the lines of:

And don't expect any help from your rich neighbours across the Irish Sea, no matter how much you've given them in the way of taxes, tribute, and blood.

A worthwhile thing to remember on this fourth of July, I think.

Adam said...

Xtreme English:

But then this would never have happened (jump forward to EXACTLY one minute in for example):

...then go back and watch the whole thing if you'd like. Less than two minutes but highly educational.


Cloudy with a chance of riots out here.


Hey Dad, when you retire are you gonna keep showing up to the planetarium every September to UNretire, ala Bret Farve?

Margaret Ryall said...

We sometimes get interesting marine forecasts here.

Not much of a window of opportunity to look after the spraying!

ronnie said...

Nobody expects the POTATO BLIGHT!

Oh, wait - I guess they do now.

Too bad they didn't have this service in the 1800s. Of course, Canada and the US would be poorer for it now, as it turns out...

Sherwood Harrington said...

Where e'er we go we celebrate the land that made us refugees.
-- the Pogues, Thousands Are Sailing