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Anyone remember this gale from 10 years ago?

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Remember it very well, doesn't stand out on its own as an individual event but for such a calm year like 2010 (which was the calmest on record for a good few), it was notable. For large parts of Ireland, it was the windiest day of the year.

Mean wind speeds of around 58 mph (93 km/h) were recorded on western and northern coasts. Belmullet had a max gust of 75 mph (121 km/h). Same station had 86 mph on 5 April 2010.

Image from Nov 2010 Irish monthly weather bulletin.


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I remember the gale very well. I was travelling back home to Bristol from uni in London that evening. It remains in the top 5 gales I've ever recorded, and registered the strongest wind gusts between March 2008 and early January 2012 here. Not unusual given the strongest winds often are at that time of year but unusual given how quiet the rest of the year was.

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