Heavy precipitation in a short period caused flooding around the country with areas like Dundrum, Blackrock and Sandymount in Dublin suffering considerable flooding. Pressure was falling slowly as an airflow tended to displace the moist Atlantic air over the country. It almost came off, as most of the Shannon region was hit today. Widespread thunder and lighting caused huge damage to crops and farm buildings … 1985 Worst Thunderstorm The summer of 1985 was pretty abysmal. The synoptic situation at midnight showed a shallow low pressure system (1006hPa) off the south east coast. "An observer near Naas, Co. Kildare reported a shower of heavy and large hail with equivalent rainfall of 30 mm in a period of 30 to 40 minutes. Copyright Kilkenny Weather © 2019. This continued for several hours. On 25/26 July 1985 there occurred extensive thunderstorm activity accompanied by hailstones 2-3 cm in diameter, 262 . There were also reports of Jesus appearing in a knot of wood in a wardrobe in Darndale. In Coon in Kilkenny, 29 mm of rain fell in 30 minutes.". The synoptic situation at midnight showed a shallow low pressure system off the south east coast of Ireland. All Rights Reserved. QUIZ: Can you answer all the £1 million questions from Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Morgan, The Mount Merrion Thunderstorm, Irish Met. In all 49.7mm of rain was recorded during the storm and there was much damage to crops, buildings and many farm animals were killed by the lightning. Thousands travelled to see reports of moving statues in Ballinspittle. Much of the spine of Ireland was affected (from Cork to up to Tyrone/Armagh). 28 February – 1985 Newry mortar attack: the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed nine Royal Ulster Constabulary officers in a mortar attack at their Newry station. But, we highly recommend you also check out the RTÉ report from the morning after the storm hit so you can get an idea of the lightning that struck the country on the night. A feature of the storm was a spell of very heavy rain and violent hail of 30/60 mins duration. The latest Irish and international sports news for readers and members ... 50 years ago, Dublin was hit by the worst thunderstorms ever So,this weather isn’t unusually bad then. On the night of 25 July, 1985, Ireland was hit by one of the worst thunderstorms in this country's history. Widespread thunder and lighting caused huge damage to crops and farm buildings and hundreds of animals were killed when they were struck by lightning. Moving statues were reported at 30 other locations. The first Croke Park (Dublin) concert took place with U2, Squeeze, REM, The Alarm and In Tua Nua. There were frequent cloud to ground strikes and just when you thought it had passed a new cell arrived and it began again. Service Publication (1963) Graham, E, The Urban Heat Island of Dublin City, Irish Geography (1993) 5.3.3: The Storms of 25/26 July 1985: (This is an example of a 'home-brew' thunderstorm which formed on the boundary between humid continental air and fresher Atlantic air. In the weather report from the storm, Met Éireann wrote: "Widespread and spectacular thunderstorm activity occurred throughout the evening of 25th and continued overnight and into the morning of the 26th of July, "Hundreds of farm animals were killed by lightning and large hailstones damaged tillage crops and crops of apples and fruit. Seven new Covid-19 deaths confirmed, 243 new cases. ", A man has died following the collapse of a building in Tralee. In Northern Ireland, extensive thunderstorm development is infrequent due to relatively low relief and limited severe convectional activity in summer (Betts 1997). The most noteworthy event though occurred on the night of 25th/26th July. Weather Vol. The flooding which accompanied the storm affected farm buildings, house, supermarkets, and stores worst hit areas. W.A. In the report on the rain, Met Éireann said: "Many areas recorded over 50 millimetres of rainfall in the 24 hour period ending 09 hours 26/7/’85. This burst arrived in Kilkenny at about midnight. Pressure was falling slowly as an airflow of continental origin tended to displace the moist Atlantic air over the country. Here's a quick glimpse of the lightning from an RTÉ report from the morning after. As a result widespread and spectacular thunderstorm activity occurred throughout the evening of the 25th and continued overnight. Severe Thunderstorm July 25th/26th 1985 Looking at the weather today, I expected a re-run of that famous night in 1985 when Ireland was blitzed by lightning. "In these areas at the height of the storm, rain or hair with a water equivalent of 20-30mm fell in a 30 minute period. As a result widespread and spectacular thunderstorm activity occurred throughout the evening of the 25 July and continued overnight. The mean temperature for September was almost 1 degree warmer than August. The summer of 1985 was pretty abysmal. On the night of 25 July, 1985, Ireland was hit by one of the worst thunderstorms in this country's history. Great offers on Phones and Accessories when you switch to Vodafone, The one stop shop for all your Christmas Gifts.