Irelands climate is normally mild due to the nearby Gulf Stream, but
the waning days of 2000 saw the Emerald Isles green fields swathed in
an uncommon blanket of white. The contrast between summer and winter is
apparent in this pair of images of southwestern Ireland acquired by the
Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometers
(MISR's) vertical-viewing (nadir) camera on August 23, 2000 (left) and
December 29, 2000 (right).
The year 2000 brought record-breaking weather to the British Isles.
England and Wales experienced the wettest spring and autumn months since
1766. Despite being one of the warmest years in recent history, a cold
snap arrived between Christmas and New Years Day. According to the UK
Meteorological Office, the 18 centimeters (7 inches) of snow recorded at
Aldergrove, Northern Ireland, on December 27-28 was the deepest daily
fall since 1930.
Prominent geographical features visible in the MISR images include
Galway Bay near the top left. Further south, the mouth of the River
Shannon, the largest river in the British Isles, meets the Atlantic
Ocean. In the lower portions of the images are the counties of Limerick,
Kerry and Cork.