Since 2015, the weather offices have given names to the storms, swapping between female and male. The storm season in the UK generally begins around late September.The UK generally gets more storms between September and February. The Netherlands and Ireland also use the same storm names as the UK.
But why does the Met Office give human names to storms?
There are 2 simple answers to this question. By giving a storm a name people can easily look up the progress of the event. Also, to personalise the weather events to make them more understandable to the public.
According to The Met Office website:
“The naming of storms using a single authoritative system should aid the communication of approaching severe weather through media partners and other government agencies.” It continues to say that naming storms has increased the awareness of people in the UK.
How are storm names chosen?
In 2015, the Met Office collected a list of 10,000 names via social media. The names were then selected by the staff. In 2019, the Met Office and Met Éireann requested more storm names through social media and thousand more suggestions were received.
The 2019-2020 storm season has 21 names.
When a prospective storm is predicted to be approaching the UK, meteorologists assign a rating of how dangerous it could be. The storm is given a name when the rating falls between medium or severe categories. If the storm is previously named somewhere else in the world, the same name will be used in the UK
Rejected Names for Storms UK
Some names were rejected by the Met Office included Apocalypse, Baldrick, Big Boss, Branch wobbler, Gnasher, Hot Brew, Root ripper, Stormageddon, Sweet caroline, Vader, Voldermort. The names of retailers, such as B&Q and Asda, were excluded from the selection process.
What are 2019-2020’s storm names?
The start of September 2019 marked the beginning of a new storm season and the Met Office and Met Eireann selected 21 names. The names are:
Atiyah, Brendan, Ciara, Dennis, Ellen, Francis, Gerda, Hugh, Iris, Jan, Kitty, Liam, Maura, Noah, Olivia, Piet, Roisin, Samir, Tara, Vince, Willow
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