It's that time of the year again folks! The weather is changing, and so is the list of storm names for the coming autumn/winter season! So did you manage to make it on to the list? If so, you are in good company!
Why do we name storms?
Research has shown naming a storm increases our awareness and engagement with it! We are more likely to be prepared and aware that it is coming! And we are more likely to talk about it - especially across social media! I'm willing to bet that Storm Ophelia will mean more to you than if I asked you to remember the dreadful weather we had back in October 2017!
When will storms be named?
Names will be given for weather systems for that have the potential for an Amber or Red wind warning to be issued by Met Éireann and/or the Met Office’s National Severe Weather Warning Service(NSWWS). Impacts from rain and/or snow will also be taken into account.
How are the names chosen?
The names are chosen by us - the great British public, and Met Éireann - the Irish Met Office. We suggest the names, and a final list is selected - only the most popular names, but those that reflect our diverse nations! Storm names are selected in alphabetical order, alternating between male and female names. Names won't be used if they have previously been associated with storms that caused a loss of life in other parts of the world.