This Division is responsible for the provision of a wide range of forecast services
and warnings to the media, industrial and commercial customers, Government and
semi-State bodies, local authorities, the general public, etc. It operates mainly
through the Central Analysis and Forecast Office, (CAFO) located in Glasnevin,
HQ. With a dependant forecast office at RTÉ, the national radio and television
station. It is staffed round the clock by a team of 30 staff. Some hundreds of
different types of forecasts are routinely issued by the Division each day. To
accomplish its tasks, meteorological reports from an area stretching from Russia
to the USA are routinely analysed. Output from a number of computer models of
the atmosphere is also analysed by the forecasters. For forecasts out to 48 hours
ahead, our own HIRLAM is the primary guidance model. Beyond 2 days the ECMWF
is the normally preferred model. To help in the very short range and nowcast
range, displays of a number of modern weather radars and of METEOSAT and NOAA
satellites are important tools for the forecaster.
Gerald Fleming, Head of Division.