22M above mean sea level
Malin Head synoptic weather station is situated at the most northerly point on
the island of Ireland, at the top of the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal.
The nearest town is Carndonagh, which is 19 Km south southeast of the station.
The present buildings were constructed in 1955, when regular hourly weather
observations commenced by Irish Meteorological Service personnel. However,
the station records go back to 1885. Personnel employed by Lloyd's Insurance
Company, who manned and operated a local coastal signal station, were first
to prepare and transmit regular weather reports. Coastguard officers continued
this work until the early twenties. From the 1920's to 1955 a local family
was contracted to provide climate data and at least one weather report
The weather element which distinguishes Malin Head from the other stations
throughout the country is wind speed. Storm force 12 winds are recorded
at the station during
most years. The highest measured gust to date is 98 knots, recorded on 16th September
1961 when the remnants of "Hurricane Debbie" swept up along the west
coast of Ireland causing widespread damage in this part of the country.
The manual weather station at Malin Head was officially closed on December
31, 2009 and was replaced by an Automatic Weather Station at the same
location from January 1, 2010.