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Met Office releases 2017/18 storm names

The Met Office has announced the list of UK storm names for 2017/18.

The national weather service uses a new naming list each season.

An annual campaign has been run since September 2015, called 'Name Our Storms', asking the public to send in suggestions.

The most popular ideas are combined with a list provided by Met Éireann in Ireland to create the final list.

The storm names for 2017/18 are:

The list omits the letters Q, U, X,Y and Z. Credit: Met Office

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End of an era as Met Office loses BBC contract

The Met Office has lost the contract it's held for almost 100 years to provide weather forecasts to the BBC.

The Exeter-based weather service says it's disappointed by the BBC's decision to seek an alternative supplier.

It's been in place since the corporation's first radio weather bulletin on 14 November 1922.

Richard Lawrence has this report.

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Exeter's Met Office to get a £97m "supercomputer"

What the supercomputer could look like Credit: Met Office

The Met Office in Exeter is to get a new super computer - costing £97 million.

It'll be able to perform 16,000 trillion calculations a second and will weigh the equivalent of 11 double decker buses.

It will be able to provide very high detail weather information for precise geographical areas and help predict events such as flooding and heavy snowfall more effectively.

It's being welcomed by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.

The Met Office's vital role in the D-Day landings

We've a fascinating insight now into the role the Met Office played in the lead up to the D-Day landings, which took place 70 years ago this week.

Historic charts in the National Meteorological archive in Exeter show how their forecasting played a crucial part in helping to determine the success of the landings. Richard Lawrence reports.

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