Marine Institute

Irish Weather Buoy Network

Irish Weather Buoy Network 

The Weather Buoy Network has been badly impacted by recent storm activity. This has damaged the buoys, but is also making it difficult to access them for repairs. Please see latest plans for each platform below:

M2 A replacement buoy is ready to be deployed dependent on weather.
M3 A vessel is standing by to recover the buoy as soon as weather conditions allow for repair locally in Castletownbere, then re-deployment.
M4 A newly serviced buoy is in Killybegs ready to go once weather conditions allow.
M5 A replacement buoy is on deck on ILV Granuaile ready to be deployed as soon as weather conditions allow.
M6 A replacement buoy is in preparation ready to meet the annual service schedule and will be deployed by RV Celtic Explorer during late March 2018.

The Irish Weather Buoy Network is designed to improve weather forecasts and safety at sea around Ireland. The buoy network provides vital data for weather forecasts, shipping bulletins, gale and swell warnings as well as data for general public information and research. Buoy data is also helpful for validating our operational models.  

The network is managed by the Marine Institute in collaboration with Met Éireann and the UK Met Office.

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Buoy Positions
M2 : 53.4800°N 05.4250°W
M3 : 51.2166°N 10.5500°W
M4 : 54.9982°N 09.992154°W
M5 : 51.6900°N 06.7040°W
M6 : 53.07482°N 15.88135°W

  • Click on each value above to view the graph for the last 24 hours
  • Please note time is reported in UTC