MetOcean smart buoys – instant insight into weather conditions
Some of our buoys (smart buoys) are fitted with sensors and transmit MetOcean data that can be stored, analysed, graphed or published to a Twitter timeline.
We currently have seven buoys collecting environmental data through their MetOcean sensors. This data is transmitted to our headquarters in Dun Laoghaire via the Automatic Identification System (AIS) network.
This data is available in different formats, including graphical charts, RSS and JSON on our MetOcean site.
MetOcean buoys - Twitter
These lighthouses and buoys are equiped with meterological and oceanographic (MetOcean) sensors and transmit their data to Irish Lights headquarters via AIS. Here, the data is published to their Twitter feeds after some formatting. The Twitter timelines are listed under this Irish Lights Twitter list.
- Light Character:Fl W 5s
- Light Range: 27 nautical miles
- Radar Beacon: Morse 'G' on vessel's radar display
Fastnet Lighthouse Twitter: @FastnetLHouse
Kish Bank Lighthouse
- Light Character:Fl (2 ) W 20s
- Light Range: 21 nautical miles
- Radar Beacon: Morse 'T' on vessel's radar display
Kish Bank Lighthouse Twitter: @KishLHouse
- Type 1 buoy, off the west coast of Kerry
- Nominal range of 6 nm
- Racon Morse of 'M'
Ballybunion Buoy Twitter: @BallybunionBuoy
- Type 1 South Cardinal Marker (the largest buoy type in our inventory), off the south coast near Wexford
Coningbeg Buoy Twitter: @ConingbegBuoy
- Type 1 Safe Water Mark, situated in Dublin Bay between Howth and Dun Laoghaire
Dublin Bay Buoy Twitter: @DublinBayBuoy
For the latest tweets from the Dublin Bay Buoy, see the panel on the right.
- First class East Cardinal marker, situated by the Finnis Rock to the east of Inisheer in the Aran Islands
Finnis Buoy Twitter: @FinnisBuoy
- Type 2 Safe Water Mark, situated by the entrance to Lough Foyle
Foyle Buoy Twitter link: @FoyleBuoy
- Type 2 South Cardinal Mark, situated off the coast of Larne
South Hunter Buoy Twitter: @SouthHunterBuoy
- Type 2 Port Lateral Marker (the second buoy type in our inventory), situated off the Wexford coast near Rosslare
Splaugh Buoy Twitter: @SplaughBuoy
For the latest tweets from the Splaugh Buoy, see the panel on the right.
Data from these buoys is automatically interrogated, formatted and charted, providing a unique insight into weather conditions in the areas. These charts can be viewed on our MetOcean website.