Weather News In Brief - Dec 23 2010

Dublin Airport at 10.10am. Pic Sinead
Flight operations have been suspended at Dublin Airport until 1.30pm because of heavy snowfalls.  Other Irish airports are, however, operational. MORE 
  • The BBC says the bill for maintaining NI roads this winter is expected to be more than £10m. The Department for Regional Development said that the average cost of a normal winter service is around £5m. MORE
  • AN POST: The severe weather conditions are impacting the collection, transportation, processing and delivery of mail in some areas. We are doing all we can to keep mail moving and have it delivered to customers as quickly as possible. Deliveries are taking place nationwide and we are doing all we can to get mail to customers in all areas where it’s safe and possible for us to do so.  However deliveries may be later than normal.  There are particular problems accessing rural customers as a result of road conditions.    
Gorey this morning.Pic Dave Bolger
  •  An explanation as to why some parts of Dublin did not see as much as snow as other parts of the east coast. 
9.45AM today
    • The Arctic pressure system known as the Arctic Oscillation (AO) has gone very strongly “negative” in the last few days, according to the latest data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is is sending cold air south through an “open door” created by the related Atlantic pressure system. More
    The daily AO indices are shown for the previous 120 days. The indices are standardized by standard deviation of the observed monthly AO index from 1979-2000.  The values at the upper left and right corner of each figure indicate the mean value of the AO index and the correlation coefficients between the observation and the forecasts, respectively. MORE
    • Mr John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, and Mr Ciaran Cuffe, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment with responsibility for Climate Change, today (23rd December, 2010) published the Climate Change Response Bill 2010.  The Bill, which has been in preparation for the past eighteen months, is a legislative priority for the Government and Ministers Gormley and Cuffe will be seeking to progress it through the Houses of the Oireachtas immediately, with a view to enactment in February 2011. The Bill sets out a robust statutory basis to strengthen the national response to climate change.  Key provisions include ambitious but realistic national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2020, 2030 and 2050; a new national planning process encompassing both mitigation and adaptation; a new annual process on reporting to the Oireachtas; and a new Expert Advisory Body to advise Government on policy and implementation.
    Digging out the car in Dublin. Pic Ogidiomo
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    • It has come to the attention of Limerick County Council that there maybe possible contamination of the raw water feeding the public water supply in the Kilmallock Water Scheme.  On the advice of the Health Service Executive and as a precautionary measure pending further investigation, a boil water notice is being issued.  Accordingly, in the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on the Kilmallock water scheme boil water before use. 
    Clifden Co. Galway. Pic Alice Kennelly