Shannon Airport recorded the highest gust in Ireland during 2014, according to Met Éireann’s annual weather review.
The year’s highest gust was 86 knots (159 km/h) recorded at Shannon Airport on 12th February, its highest February gust on record (since 1945) and its highest annual gust since 1961 (53 years).
February 12th saw thousands of trees felled and power cuts lasting days throughout County Clare.
On the same date, hurricane force winds (sustained 10-minute winds of greater than 64 knots) were reported at Mace Head of 65 knots (120 km/h), equalling the fifth highest wind speed recorded in Ireland.
The mean temperature in County Clare during 2014 was 0.3c above average at 8.8c.
Total rainfall in Shannon for the period was 120% of the average expected during a given year.