Name That Storm

BBC news mentioned a couple of ships having been damaged by Storm Erik. The following text is from the (Irish) Independent:

Marine rescue services are on standby after two vessels were damaged in raging Storm Erik seas off the south west coast. Both have now been forced to seek shelter and repairs in west Cork bays. The two vessels, a large Russian factory ship and an Irish trawler, suffered damage as Storm Erik swept by Ireland's south west coast.
Almost 100 crew are on both vessels though neither is at risk of sinking. Marine rescue services are monitoring both vessels purely as a precautionary measure.

The Irish trawler is now steaming back towards Castletownbere after heavy seas smashed several windows in its wheelhouse. It is understood eight crew are on board. The vessel was fishing off the Porcupine Bank when it was damaged in heavy seas and gale force winds.

Meanwhile, a giant Russian factory ship lost power in heavy seas some 200 miles off the Cork coast. More than 90 crew are on the giant fish factory ship. The vessel was immediately taken in tow by another Russian vessel and both are steaming slowly towards west Cork. Both are expected to take almost 12 hours to arrive in an Irish port.

Storm Erik: Met Eireann extends weather warning as 'severe' gusts of up to 130kmh to hit Ireland -

The snapshot below is from Free AIS Ship Tracking of Marine Traffic - VesselFinder
The pale blue translucent arrows beyond Irish waters are satellite based plots. Identification beyond "fishing vessel" requires a premium subscription. Thought it might be of interest though. Purely speculation but there are two apparently overlapping arrows heading towards the SW coast. It might be the Russian factory vessel and the unspecified Russian ship towing it.
An update on the two ships, both expected to berth up in Castletownbere on Saturday. A lot more background info in this article from the Irish Times.

Two ships in distress off Irish coast in severe storm conditions

Off (weather) topic but related to fishing: With ten Russian factory ships processing mackerel, no wonder stocks are going down and prices up.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for all North East Atlantic mackerel fisheries will be suspended on March 2, 2019.

This was announced today through the release of an expedited audit report for all North East Atlantic mackerel fisheries in the MSC program.

Mackerel caught on or after March 2 cannot be sold as ‘MSC certified’ or bear the blue MSC label. The suspension affects all four certificates, for fisheries across eight countries. Sources pointed out to Undercurrent News it was important to note that by that time the mackerel season should be completed, meaning the first impacts of this will be delayed.

The suspension comes after the mackerel stock in the northeast Atlantic dropped below a precautionary threshold level, while catches remain far higher than advised by scientists, said the MSC. The drop in stock triggered an expedited audit by the independent certifiers in November 2018, and the report from that audit was published today.

“This news will be a disappointment for the fishermen as well as for mackerel loving consumers," said Camiel Derichs, Europe director for the MSC. "However, factors including declining stocks, quotas set above new scientific advice and poor recruitment have combined to mean that the fisheries no longer meet the MSC’s requirements."

Through the Gaps! - Newlyn Fishing News: MSC suspends all North East Atlantic mackerel certifications Cornwall UK fish commercial fishing fish cooking and art
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The mid-Atlantic cyclone today. It's track will take it west of Iceland tomorrow and into Greenland on Friday. Its central pressure is already below 940 mbar and falling, putting it into Category 4 Hurricane territory. Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Maria (2017) had a central pressure of 920 mbar.
Where did you get that picture. It looks great.

The massive mid-Atlantic cyclone is also responsible for the high speed jet stream across the Atlantic today. Speeds of almost 400 km/h observed at 10000 m above the ground level. Average speed is 177 kph.

A threat of severe to extremely severe wind gusts which could reach 130-150 km/h forecast for parts of N Atlantic into Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands on Saturday 2nd March.

Outlook DAY 1 (valid: 02/03/2019)

Another deep cyclone is expected to cross the British Isles and Ireland on Sunday. It will likely bring intense rainfall and severe to extremely severe winds for SE Ireland, parts of England and Wales with snow possible in some areas.

Another deep cyclone will cross the British Isles on Sunday, March 3rd

Met Office has wind warning in place for Sunday/ Monday but Met Eireann does not.
Al Murray in Pub Landlord mode said ‘Say what you want about Goering but he certainly knew location’

One of the comments on Twitter says that in the bottom-left corner is the cyclogenesis for Freya

Joan Carles Fortea

Met Eireann have kicked in with the weather warnings

  • Status Yellow - Wind warning for Donegal, Galway and Mayo
    South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds between 50 and 65 km/h at times, with gusts between 90 and 100km/h. Winds will be strongest along coasts.
    Valid: Saturday 02 March 2019 08:00 to Sunday 03 March 2019 03:00
    Issued: Friday 01 March 2019 19:00
    Updated: Friday 01 March 2019 19:00

    Status Yellow - Rainfall warning for Munster and Leinster
    Heavy rain during Sunday will give accumulations of 25 to 35 mm.
    Valid: Sunday 03 March 2019 06:00 to Sunday 03 March 2019 18:00
    Issued: Saturday 02 March 2019 11:00
    Updated: Saturday 02 March 2019 11:00

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Wind speeds of 105 km/h reported in Ireland and 125 km/h in western Scotland this evening
I just came into Birmingham airport from Milan. Teeny weeny Flybe jet got bounced around for the last 20 minutes and got more exciting than necessaryin the final approach .

What’s truly shocking is that Novotel just charged me nigh on £30 for a bottle of Pinot, the thriving bastards.

Wind speeds of 105 km/h reported in Ireland and 125 km/h in western Scotland this evening
Call that a storm?
Peaked at a gentle 33 gusting 48mph breeze on St Bees Head by 17:00. Looks like the centre's well south of here, as we're no longer in the warning area.

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