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Cork Weather Past and Present: A Comparison between 1793 and the Late Twentieth Century on the Atlantic Fringe of Europe

John G. Tyrrell


The analysis of a personal weather diary kept by John Fitzgerald of Cork allows frequency analyses of daily weather conditions to be made that can be quantified and compared with Cork's present climatic regime. In many cases this comparison shows that much of Cork's weather in 1793 falls within the range of conditions that have been recorded over the past 30 years (1957–1986). But there are exceptions which point to both the early months as well as the summer of 1793 having been wetter and colder than today. Comparisons with conditions reported for Britain show that there were important differences between the two areas and possible explanations for these differences are offered in terms of patterns of atmospheric circulation.

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