With the advent of satellites and computer technology, the science of weather forecasting has changed dramatically.

Met Éireann the Irish meteorological service has a new radar system to enhance its RTÉ weather forecasts and to make short term forecasting more accurate.

The new technology distinguishes between different types of cloud formation thereby allowing the detection of rainfall. The new radar system will make television forecasts even more colourful.

I can stick my head outside the window and I can see when it's going to rain.

Michael Cleary, from the Met Office says the new radar system will make short term and localised forecasting more accurate.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 October 1994. The reporter is Una O'Hagan.