With the advent of satellites and computer technology, the science of weather forecasting has changed dramatically over the years. 20 years ago one such technological development took place.

In 1994 the Met Éireann the Irish Meteorological Service introduced 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.

Una O'Hagan talks to Michael Cleary, from the Met Office on the new system.  According to Cleary, the real benefit of the new radar system is that it will make short term and localised forecasting more accurate.

An RTÉ News report by Una O'Hagan broadcast on 2 October 1994.