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The calm before the storm

As the storm season draws closer, and following the success of the ‘Name our Storms’ pilot scheme, the Met Office and Irish Met Service, Met Éireann are calling on members of the public to suggest names for potential future wind storms.

Last autumn/winter, the pilot naming scheme was introduced with the intention to create more awareness for severe weather. It was largely welcomed with enthusiasm and quickly became a hit, with thousands of names suggested and awareness generated by the public and the media.

Derek Ryall, Head of Public Weather Services at The Met Office commented on the scheme:

“By naming storms more people were made aware of the approaching threat of severe weather and were able to act on this information. A YouGov survey based on the first seven storms showed that 55% of those surveyed took steps to prepare for stormy weather after hearing that a storm had been named.”

With the Met office and Met Éireann planning to re-run the pilot project for a full year starting from Saturday 1st October 2016, there will be some slight changes coming into force; one will be to include more than one weather type i.e. rain if the impact could lead to flooding. This would mean the ‘storm systems’ would be named on the basis of impacts, whether from wind, rain or snow.

From the 1st October 2016, a new list will be complied, starting at ‘A’ and will alternate male/female, starting with a male name. From the suggested names received, a storm will be named when there is the potential for it to change to an amber (be prepared) or red (take action) warning.

To find out more about the ‘Name our Storms’ pilot scheme, click here.

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