Peatlands, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Posted: October 16, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation

Yes this is a record breaking met station but here is spot of fun too.

I get to see the wierd and the beautiful, this is the nuts.


Taken from a dual carriageway, if you don’t like telephone poles dress them up, colour co-ordinated with a fancy hedge.

Not finished yet.


From the air… huh! And a clue.


This is most bizarre image of an AWS to date, as it turns out to do with peat workings complete with private tramway.

You are actually looking down unusually vertically as well as the sun throwing hard shadows, the posts are not posts but shadows.


Peatlands, Armagh, Northern Ireland


Holds record for hottest November day in Northern Ireland
November 18.6 °C Peatlands (Co. Armagh) 2 November 2007

Estimated Class 3, fails Class 2 on hedges within 30 metres, however shadow from trees if measured might relegate this site to Class 4 or Class 5.

UHI, assume very little.

This is a current active site.

The site exposure is poor, a microclimate. I also note the Stevenson screen is very close to a fence and posts.

The peat workings are nearby.

  1. Entropic man says:

    I hadn’t realised it, but I pass this site a couple of times a month. The M1 Motorway connecting Belfast with the West of Ulster runs out of the picture, a few hundred metres north, about 5 miles East of Dungannon. It is in a rural area, so UHI is low.
    However, your tramway is an industrial narrow gauge railway used to transport peat cut from an extensive area of bog to an outside store to the east of the farm buildings, and thence under the motorway to be loaded onto lorries.
    The exposed peat is black and probably warms the local microclimate on sunny days.
    From the length and azimuth of the shadows , and the lack of leaves on the deciduous trees, the aerial images were taken under a low Sun at about 11.00 on a Winter’s morning, so the screen may not be as sheltered as you think
    This photo-interpretation can become addictive; no wonder Constance Babington-Smith got so hooked on it!