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Can We Cope With Weather?
 
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# 1 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 00:38
 
 
Today Dublin airport closed for the second time in a week. The first time it closed the DAA cited unprecedented and unpredicted snowfall. Met Éireann confirmed that one single centimetre of snow fell. Dublin International Airport, paid for with hefty landing charges and taxpayer’s cash, and they can’t even cope with a single centimetre of snow.

I’m not sure how much snow fell in Dublin today, but the forecast was for two centimetres. The entire city ground to a standstill. The Luas red line closed partially, with reduced services on the remaining red and green lines, Dublin Bus abandoned service, the airport closed again, and every road in the city is treacherous. This isn’t a heavy snowfall, yet we’re utterly unable to cope.

The councils have said their failure to clear roads is because of a lack of salt. Who’s responsible for buying road maintenance supplies if it’s not them? Our Lord Mayor said she was proud of the high standards of service Dublin City Council was delivering to cope with the weather. Perhaps they delivered a few extra bales of briquettes to the Mansion House, but the their performance looks underwhelming to me.

So, what do you think – can Ireland Inc. cope properly with weather?


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# 2 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 00:40
 
 
Nope, we can't really. How did the country cope with the punishing winters of the early 1980s? I'd presume much better than today and Ireland was a much poorer country back then.

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# 3 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 00:46
 
 
I think we are coping as best we can in a freak weather pattern, you can't possibly be prepared for every thing the weather might throw at us.
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# 4 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 00:46
 
 
I flew to Helsinki a while back, and the captain announced that there was two feet of snow on the runway. I asked a crew member if we were diverting because of the snow. They laughed and said no. I asked why Dublin airport closes if there's a smattering of snow. The answer I was given was that the aircraft had no special features, tyres, etc - it's just that they know what they're doing.

Why can't we know what we're doing too instead of the blind panic at the first mention of weather?
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# 5 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 00:49
 
 
Someone said :
I think we are coping as best we can in a freak weather pattern, you can't possibly be prepared for every thing the weather might throw at us.

Fair enough Paul - I wouldn't have seen the 1cm of snow that closed the airport earlier in the week as a freak occurrence, but each to his own.
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# 6 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 00:52
 
 
I suppose we can't cope too well right now because it is over 25 years since we have had these conditions. But we will cope better once we learn to adapt.



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# 7 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 00:52
 
 
Ah now Cheezie,deres no need for dat,dem centimeteres of snow does be terrible on de transport,its alright for you bein' transported everywhere in your sedan chair,but de likes of us what have to walk de streets in rags and newspaper is discommoded more than gentry like yourself *doffs cap*,and we are not complaining,dem fine people in deh corporation is doing de best dey can for us,i'll tell you what,i'll say a few hail mary's for you in de pro cathedral after half ten mass in deh mornin' and den go down tih dollyer with a bucket to collect de sand,it would be an honour to deliver it on me handcart to your good self to scatter on your garden,so your llamas wont be slippen and slidin'.
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# 8 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 00:58
 
 
You could have a fleet of a 100 snow ploughs and gritters with a 100 crews just in case we get this type of weather but it would be a criminal waste of resources. The same can be said for Aer Riante they could spend millions having all the equipment and crews an Aerport in the Artic circle has but the equipment would rust.

I can't remember the last time Dublin Aerport closed because of cold conditions, I can't remember the roads as bad as they were on my drive home tonight and that says alot.

PS there are gritters on the M50 at the moment, I nearly slid into the back of one,
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# 9 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 01:01
 
 
Silly you then to be skating on a busy road,save it till you're on the piste.
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# 10 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 01:03
 
 
How odd that dublin airport would close, knock as well and there is little to no snow in the west. One would think they would have a budget to deal with some snow and ice which should be expected come winter even if it is less often these years. Hope dublin airport isn't closed this time next week or i will ulate with grief like a palestinian widow.
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# 11 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 01:03
 
 
Someone said :
You could have a fleet of a 100 snow ploughs and gritters with a 100 crews just in case we get this type of weather but it would be a criminal waste of resources. The same can be said for Aer Riante they could spend millions having all the equipment and crews an Aerport in the Artic circle has but the equipment would rust.

I don't think these are freak weather conditions - we can expect snowy winters for some years to come, I reckon. That we were caught flat-footed this time is forgiveable. But if it happens again next year, people will be entitled to get annoyed it we haven't adapted.
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# 12 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 01:06
 
 
Someone said :
Silly you then to be skating on a busy road,save it till you're on the piste.

The main roads are very drivable the M50 is actually OK but pick your lane, the inner roads are deadly, realy bad, so no sudden brakes or turns otherwise you will be like Torvil and Dean without the 10s.
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# 13 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 01:15
 
 
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I don't think these are freak weather conditions - we can expect snowy winters for some years to come, I reckon. That we were caught flat-footed this time is forgiveable. But if it happens again next year, people will be entitled to get annoyed it we haven't adapted.

Well it snowed last year, the snow thread is a nice record of the event there were few problems last year. But it was not coupled with the freezing icy conditions or the length of the spell this is happening right across the Northern Hemisphere From Ireland to Korea It is freak to abnormal conditions definitely out of the ordinary.


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# 14 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 01:19
 
 
Someone said :

The main roads are very drivable the M50 is actually OK but pick your lane, the inner roads are deadly, realy bad, so no sudden brakes or turns otherwise you will be like Torvil and Dean without the 10s.

Isn't 6 the highest score?
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# 15 : Thursday 7-1-2010 @ 01:24
 
 
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Isn't 6 the highest score?

6 that's what I got of the fire brigade and it left me wandering what I did wrong so I got the perfect score.
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