The autumn is upon us and for weather watchers, this doesn’t just mean the cooling temperatures or darkening days but the announcement of this year’s storm names.
The Met Office (and Met Éireann) have sent out to email subscribers (of course I am one) it’s list of names.
According to the Met Office’s Head of Public Weather Services, Derrick Ryall, the reason storms are named is because “Naming storms has been proved to raise awareness of severe weather in the UK, providing a consistent message to the public and crucially prompting people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their property.”
To back this up, the Met Office website pointed out that in a recent YouGov survey, it found that 80% who responded said that the storms having a name was useful to them. It also helped them realise that when a storm gets a name, it is going to be a lot harsher than a normal wet and windy spell.
The idea of naming something also helps solidify the significance of the storm and its potential impact. I’ve often found myself much more wary when I know that a named storm is on the way. It prompts you to action whether consciously or subconsciously.
Here are the names of the potential storms popping up this autumn/winter (although we can still get them into early summer) 2018/2019:
Good luck and batten down the hatches,
Source of quotes, graphics and data: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2018/storm-names-2018-19