Met Éireann names Storm Clodagh

The current unsettled spell of weather continues and the low pressure system that is forecast to affect Ireland and the UK on Sunday has been officially named Storm Clodagh by Met Éireann.

This makes it the third officially named storm of the joint Met Office Met Éireann pilot project to name storms that affect the UK and Ireland through the autumn and winter 2015/16.

Storms can be named by either the Met Office or Met Éireann.

Met Éireann named the storm on Saturday 28 November having issued an Orange warning for severe gales across Eire for Sunday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow be aware National Severe Weather Warning for wind for a medium likelihood of low impacts from severe gales across some parts of Northern Ireland, Wales, England and parts of southern Scotland.

Pressure chart for Sunday 29 November 2015 at midday

Pressure chart for Sunday 29 November 2015 at midday

The strongest winds are expected to reach Northern Ireland around dawn on Sunday, and most areas by the end of the morning, before gradually subsiding from the west during the afternoon and evening.

There remains some uncertainty with the track of this low and the precise wind speeds and areas to be affected. You can keep up to date with the latest on our forecast pages.

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7 Responses to Met Éireann names Storm Clodagh

  1. xmetman says:

    I think you may get a bit of stick for this one, what you’ve circled in the 1200 UTC forecast chart barely has a closed isobar wrapped around it with a forecast central pressure of 982 hPa.
    I suppose it’s a runner, but it looks to me like it may cause more problems as it crosses Denmark and the Baltic coast of Germany and Poland than it will here.

  2. As I already suspected, and as I see Liam Dutton has tweeted, Met Eireann appear to have a LOWER threshold for naming a storm than do the Met Office.

    Which of course is absurd if the high winds in question are expected to hit parts of the UK (as well as the Irish Republic). Despite some power cuts in Ireland on Sunday I do not personally think this system (without a deep low pressure centre as well) merited being named as ‘Clodagh’ (it does not appear to have caused higher wind gust than the one recorded the day after Barney over the island of Great Britain).

  3. Alternatively Met Eireann might possibly have the same threshold – but, compared to the Met Office, their gale forecasts are ‘pants’? Is their orange wind warning similar to a Met Office amber wind warning (or the top end of a yellow wind warning in some rare cases)? Or is the threshold lower – as suggested here (he suggests different warning criteria ie not just terminological differences):

  4. Will the Fri-Sat gales remain the Storm With No Name? Or will the Irish christen it Desmond?!

  5. xmetman says:


    That’s why this naming of ‘storms’ selectively is simply not working!


  6. Somebody – not quite sure whether British or Irish or both – has named the storm. It’s no longer the Storm With No Name.

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