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About This Station

The station is powered by a wireless Tempest Weather System from Weatherflow. The Tempest weather system has no moving parts and is solar powered. It includes the following:

  • a light sensor (for ambient light, UV index, and solar radiation)
  • a haptic rain sensor (for rain onset, duration, intensity and accumulation)
  • a sonic wind sensor (for continuous wind speed and direction every 3 seconds)
  • a pressure sensor (for station and sea level pressure)
  • temp / humidity sensors, with an integrated radiation shield
  • a lightning sensor (counting strikes and distance up to 40km)

The weather station is located at Latitude: 53.3652° Longitude: -6.0716°. The data is collected every second and the site is updated every few seconds. The data on this site is collected using Weather-Display Software.

About Earlscliffe

The Robinson Garden at Earlscliffe is on the Howth peninsula just north of Dublin city at a latitude of 53.3°N. This means that it is further north than Newfoundland and on the same latitude as Manchester in England, Hamburg in Germany, the southern part of the Hudson Bay and Edmonton in Canada and Minsk in Russia. Yet despite being much nearer to the north pole than to the equator, bananas, tree ferns, South African Erica and a range of palms flourish outside without any winter protection.

This is not simply the result of skilled plantsmanship but owes a lot to the unusually favourable microclimate. The garden slopes to the south and benefits by being close to the sea and also from the 180 metre high Hill of Howth on its northern side. With the advantage of the warm current from the Gulf of Mexico almost encircling Howth, it seems that the peninsula can grow a wider range of plants than any other place of similar latitude.

Advantage is taken of the auspicious situation to test the climatic hardiness of plants from all five continents. No plants are protected artificially even in the coldest weather so that realistic information on hardiness can be obtained.

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