All year long these pages will present the newest updates and knowledge as we title storms which we forecast will have an effect upon the UK.
Often Requested Questions
When will we announce new storm names?
Since Identify our Storms first launched in 2015 we now have issued a brand new listing of names every September. The listing runs from early September to late August the next 12 months. This coincides with the beginning of autumn when the chance of low stress methods and the potential for named storms improve.
Why are we naming storms?
The naming of storms utilizing a single authoritative system ought to help the communication of approaching extreme climate via media companions and different authorities businesses. On this means the general public will probably be higher positioned to maintain themselves, their property and companies secure.
Can I counsel a storm title?
Earlier this 12 months the Met Workplace requested individuals to ship of their concepts for future storm names, receiving 1000’s of ideas.
A brand new listing of names will probably be compiled collectively between Met Éireann, the Met Workplace and KNMI (The Dutch nationwide climate forecasting service).
The Met Workplace element will make use of ideas submitted through the web kind, though everyone seems to be welcome to counsel names for future consideration – e-mail to [email protected]
When is a storm named?
The factors we use for naming storms is predicated on our Nationwide Extreme Climate Warnings service. That is primarily based on a mix of each the impression the climate might have, and the chance of these impacts occurring.
A storm will probably be named when it has the potential to trigger an amber or pink warning.
Different climate varieties may also be thought of, particularly rain if its impression may result in flooding as suggested by the Setting Company, SEPA and Pure Sources Wales flood warnings. Subsequently ‘storm methods’ might be named on the idea of impacts from the wind but in addition embody the impacts of rain and snow.
How is a storm named?
When the factors for naming a storm are met, both the Met Workplace, Met Éireann or KNMI can title a storm.
We then let the general public, our companions in authorities and the responder group and the media know via numerous routes together with publishing particulars on our web site and social media channels.
It’s also possible to observe the Met Workplace on Fb or Twitter for the newest updates.
Why are there no storms for Q, U, X, Y and Z?
To make sure we’re in keeping with the US Nationwide Hurricane Centre naming conventions, we aren’t going to incorporate names which start with the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z. It will preserve consistency for official storm naming within the North Atlantic.
How are storm names chosen?
Earlier this 12 months the Met Workplace requested individuals to ship of their concepts for future storm names. We obtained 1000’s of ideas and this years listing has been compiled from these public ideas, plus ideas from Met Éireann and KNMI, selecting a number of the extra common names and names that replicate the range of Britain, Eire and the Netherlands.
UK and US Storm names?
To keep away from any confusion over naming, if a storm is the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane that has moved throughout the Atlantic, the well-established methodology of referring to it as, e.g. ‘Ex-hurricane X’ will proceed.
We’ll solely use names which were formally designated by the Nationwide Climate Service within the US.
Are we having extra storms?
Stormy climate will not be uncommon within the winter and we solely want to return to the winter of 2013-14 to see a equally stormy winter. Total, the interval from mid-December 2013 to mid-February 2014 noticed at the very least 12 main winter storms, and, when thought of total, this was the stormiest interval of climate the UK has skilled for at the very least 20 years.
We’ve seen comparable or extra extreme storms lately, together with 3 January 2012 and eight December 2011, every of which prompted widespread impacts.