The Names Of Next Year's Storms Have Been Revealed
In an announcement today (Friday 7th September), the weather body announced the name of the storms for the upcoming year, beginning with Storm Atiyah this winter.
Teaming with Irish weather equivalent, Met Éireann, the weather providers choose the name of storms each year by pooling suggestions from the public as part of the Name Our Storms campaign, which is now in its fifth year.
The process of naming storms is thought to help people remember them more clearly, communicate about them more effectively, and safeguarding people by raising awareness about the dangers.
"The naming of storms using a single authoritative system should aid the communication of approaching severe weather through media partners and other government agencies. In this way the public will be better placed to keep themselves, their property and businesses safe," say Met Office.
Storm Atiyah, a girl's name with Arabic origins, will be followed by boy's name Brendan, and Ciara (the fine name of this article's author. Hey, I was the kid who could never find her name on the keyring stand. Let me have this!), with Dennis blowing in as the fourth storm.
Other storms set for 2020 include Ellen, Hugh, Iris, Roisin and Samir.
See the full list of storm names for 2019/2020 below, in order of when they'll show:
The weather bodies get thousands of suggestion for storm names each year but choose the most popular names and the one that "reflect the diversity of Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands."
There are no storms with names starting Q, U, X, Y and Z to comply with storm-naming conventions - so hard luck to the Zaras, Quentin, and Yasmins out there.
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