Wednesday, 31 March 2010

UPDATE 9.55am Wed 31 mARCH 2010

Rossnowlagh gets its share of blizzard as it arrives across Donegal Bay. Sun is shining and sky is blue out on the western horizon so the weather can only get better later on.

For tide times, see  earlier post below.

7.40am Wednesday 31 Marchc 2010

Gale force 9 blowing from north northwest, still cross-shore and flattening whatever swell there might be.

Low 01.06 0;3m
High 07.15 4.4m
Low 13.31 0.3m

In spite of the gales and blizzard across Ulsster (but not Rossnowlagh), spring is here. Proof below, with cliff top daffodils and primroses.

High 19.37 4.3m

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

The Borrowing Days

Borrowing Days

The last three days of March have a reputation for being stormy. Scottish folklore proposes that these three days were borrowed from April so that March might extend his power. The Spanish story about the borrowing days is that a shepherd promised March a lamb if he would temper the winds to suit the shepherd's flocks. But after his request was granted, the shepherd refused to deliver the payment. In revenge, March borrowed three days from April, in which fiercer winds than ever blew to punish the deceiver.

March borrowit from April
Three days, and they were ill:
The first was frost, the second was snaw,
The third was cauld as ever't could blaw.
-- Scottish proverb

7.45am Tuesday 30 March 2010

Whatever swell there might be is flattened out by a cold force 7 cross-shore northerly wind. 

Low 00.24 0.4m
High 06.34 4.3m
Low 12.51 0.2m
High 18.57 4.3m

Monday, 29 March 2010

7.30am Monday 29 March 2010

There's a half foot swell now at high tide, with a light offshore force 2 easterly breeze.

High 0a5.52 4.2m
Low 12.08 0.3m
High 18.18 4.2m

Sunday, 28 March 2010

8.00am Sunday 28 March 2010. Have you put your clock forward to summer time?

Small surf, less than a half foot, with chilly force 4 northwesterly onshore breeze.

High 05.09  3.9m
Low 11.24 0.5m
High 17.37 3.9m
Low 23.39 0.5m

Saturday, 27 March 2010

7.00am Saturday 27 March 2010


 The sea is flat this morning with a fresh force 4 onshore northwesterly breeze.

High 03.21 3.5m
Low 09.35 0.8m
High 15.54 3.6m
Low 21.52 0.8m

Friday, 26 March 2010

7.00am Friday 26 March 2010

Calm and flat. Very light force 1 southerly breeze.


High 03.40 3.5m
Low 10.01 0.8m
High 16.14 3.6m
Low 22.15 0.9m

Thursday, 25 March 2010

7.15am Thursday 25 March 2010

Swell is a good 1 foot and smoking in a light offshore force 2 easterly breeze.

High 00.50 2.9m
Low 07.18 1.3m
High 13.53 3.0m
Low 1950 1.4m

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

7.00am Wednesday 24 March 2010

The swell is 1.5 foot this morning with a light south easterly force 3 offshore breeze.

Low 05.36 1.4m
High 12.16 2.8m
Low 18.13 1.5m

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

7.10am Tuesday 23 march 2010

Good 2 foot swell, in clean lines, smoking in light force 3 offshore south easterly breeze.

Low 04.16 1.3m
High 10.51 3.0m
Low 16.42 1.5m
High 23.17 2.9m

Monday, 22 March 2010

A virtual visit to the creek 7.30am

This morning's surf report is in the earlier post below this one. What we have here is a virtual visit to the creek, for Coolmore exiles on this March morning - Raymond in Birmingham, Anne in Colorado and John in Reading.

Rossnowlagh beach may be lovely but for anybody who has spent childhood years in Coolmore, the beach is only an appendage to the Creek which is the secret heart of Coolmore. With its little rock pools full of exciting sea life and the ladies pool, perfect for learning to swim and dive when the tide fills it right up, the Creek is as close as any place can come to paradise.

This morning the camera, the dog and I disturbed the tern that sleep on the flat rocks. There's a big swell running at the Connachtman and the tide is rising so the ladies pool is brimming over.

Enjoy the visit. I'll do low tide another day.

7.00am Monday 22 March 2010

Swell is a good 2 foot with very light force 1 southwesterly breeze.

Low 03.22 1.1m
High 09.48 3.2m
Low 15.41 1.3m
High 22.05 3.1m

6.50am Monday 22 March 2010

gone to get pics. back shortly.

Low 03.22 1.1m
High 09.48 3.2m
Low 15.41 1.3m
High 22.05 3.1m

Sunday, 21 March 2010

7.00am Sunday 21 March 2010

The swell has dropped once again to a slightly choppy half foot. Breeze is light cross-shore force 2 southerly.

Low 02.41 0.9m
High 08.59 3.5m
Low 14.57 1.0m
High 21.14 3.4m

Saturday, 20 March 2010

7.00am Saturday 20 March 2010

Swell is a good 1 foot with light force 3 northerly cross-shore breeze.

Low 02.06 0.8m
High 08.18 3.7m
Low 14.20 0.9m
High 20.33 3.6m

Friday, 19 March 2010

7.00am Friday 19 March 2010

3 foot waves with light force 3 southwesterly onshore breeze.

High 07.42 3.8m
Low 13.48 0.7m
High 19.56 3.7m

Thursday, 18 March 2010

7.00am Thursday 18 March 2010

Swell is a good 2 foot with force 4 southeasterly offshore breeze

Low 01.05 0.6m
High 07.09 3.9m
Low 13.19 0.6m
High 19.26 3.8m

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

7.15am St Patrick's Day Wednesday 17 March 2010

Saint Patrick's Day Surf - it started yesterday and today the swell is over 2 foot in spite of the efforts of a fresh little force 3 south south westerly breeze to level it out. Getting out there is one way to drown the shamrock.

Low 00.37 06m
High 06.39 3.9m
Low 12.50 0.6m
High 18.56 3.8m

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

UPDATE: 11.45am Tue 16 March 2010

Surf has come up nicely. Swell is 1.5 foot in good lines with a southeasterly offshore breeze.

For tides times check earlier post below.

7.30am Tuesday 16 March 2010

Swell is a very small foot just now, with light force 1 offshore south easterly breeze. It should be bigger later on, as the tide ebbs.

Low 00.06 0.7m
High 06.08 3.8m
Low 12.21 0.6m
High 18.28 3.8m

Monday, 15 March 2010

7.15am Monday 15 March 2010

Still flat with a light force 2 westerly onshore breeze. 

High 05.38 3.7m
Low 11.52 0.6m
High 18.00 3.7m

New Moon today

Below, a 1961 Ford Zephyr that parked on the Back Line yesterday. Restored by Anthony Reynolds and sons. Watch out for it in the Ballyshannon Saint Patrick's Day Parade.