Last night Ireland was shook by another sudden change in the weather. In the space of 24 hours, we went from sweating in an Aran Island jumper in Malaga to cloaking ourselves from arctic winds.
The sudden change could only mean one thing:
global warming a storm. Yes, last night Storm Hector, the latest random name to be given storm status, swept the country bringing with it wind speeds of up to 125km an hour.
Orange alerts remain in the West of the country and Ireland's east is under a yellow alert. Being Irish means mentioning the weather at least once a day is a given so, of course, people had a field day:
Firstly, it was definitely a lot cooler last night than our recent tropical buzz
First time sleeping with a blanket and the window shut in a fortnight. There was me getting used to the Costa Del Sol lifestyle. #StormHector
— Brendan Harkin (@brendanjharkin) June 13, 2018
The number of Leaving Cert students needs to increase next year in order to satisfy the thirsts of the sun god:
The arrival of #StormHector is proof that this year’s sacrifice of Leaving Cert students was not enough. Time to sharpen the sickle and round up the junior certs.
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) June 13, 2018
The storm left behind some unexpected obstacles:
— STEVEN COOPER (@stevencooperdj) June 14, 2018
As always, the storm brought neighbours together to discuss the wind and utter the famous last words "Jesus, we only ever talk when something goes wrong":
After Storm Doris, we had to apologise for our trampoline in our neighbour's garden. Their kid thought it was a present, cos it was her birthday. To make matters worse, we asked if the trampoline had hurt their dog only to be told that he died at Xmas.#badneighbours #StormHector
— Aidan Comerford (@MrAComerford) June 13, 2018
Conspiracy theories are already being developed by small fractions of the internet:
— ENOUGH IS ENOUGH (@cantankerousred) June 13, 2018
It's all fun and games until you remember we've already had six months of this shite:
#StormHector Jaysus wept! It's the 13th of June. We had a 6 month Winter, a few weeks of a tease of Summer and now Winter again? I. Want. To. Scream.!!!
— MaryLovesBooks (@DakotaLula) June 13, 2018
One thing is for sure, we love to moan and this gave us something to moan about. Now, bring back the good weather Met Éireann. We know you can do it. Just tell us when and where.