A-Z of UK Storm names…
What name would you pick? Here are the UK’s official storm names, which will see us through winter as announced by the MET office.
A-Z of UK storm names 2018/19
When are names used?
When there is a risk of medium to high impacts from wind, rain, or snow, storms are named.
These occur when warning levels reach ‘Amber’ in the UK and ‘Status Orange’ in the Republic of Ireland.
The letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z are deliberately omitted, as is customary in international storm naming conventions.
Impact of names
Research from the Met Office found that 77% of people found naming storms useful for raising awareness during a period of extreme weather.
In addition, 63% of people agreed that storm naming was helpful for letting them know key information such as when and how to prepare.
Eight storms were named last year, including Aileen in September and Hector in June.
Once a storm is named it retains that name.
Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann, said: “The last 12 months have seen some extreme weather around the globe as well as here at home.
“While it is too early to say whether the coming winter will be a stormy one or a quiet one we are prepared with a whole new set of 21 names for whatever nature may throw at us.”
Additional reporting from PA
Full report from: Inews