The autumn holiday was marked by Storm Ciarán that ripped across parts of Europe on November 2 with wind speeds of up to 140 kilometres per hour.
The savage gales claimed the lives of several people on the Continent. In Italy, five people died, in Portugal, three and in Belgium two. Other countries also recorded some fatalities.
Ciarán Fearon, a public servant with Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure, was the inspiration behind the name Storm Ciarán. Keeping important information about river levels and coastal flooding readily available is his responsibility.
A “bomb cyclone” such as Ciaràn is created when a strong low-pressure system is directed onto Europe by the Jet Stream.
The phenomenon is relatively rare but it is not unique. In the autumn period, major storms and gales can occur.
The Dutch Championships Against Wind Cycling along the Oosterscheldekering storm surge barrier by the North Sea in Zeeland were postponed due to the storm. The municipality withdrew the permit at the eleventh hour.
Just over 300 people were due to take part in the 8.5 kilometre race across the Oosterschelde barrier against the wind.
It was to have been the eighth iteration of the NK Counterwind Cycling, which debuted in 2013.
The NK was previously cancelled early in 2020 due to Hurricane Ciara, which also produced excessive headwinds. It did not take place in 2017 or 2019 because conditions were not deemed stormy enough.