With Storm Christoph upon us and flood warnings in place across Yorkshire, we often see people asking about the names of the storms in the UK…
Having already seen Storm Aiden and Storm Bella come and go, who came up with the name ‘Storm Christoph’? And what will the next one be called?
Why name storms?
The Met Office launched ‘Name our Storms’ in 2015 and have been releasing a new list of names every September since.
The list runs from early September until late August the following year and coincides with the start of autumn – but why name them?
The naming of storms is aimed at helping media partners and other government agencies communicate any severe weather warnings in advance, allowing the public time to prepare in order to keep themselves, their houses and their businesses safe.
How are storms named?
Earlier this year, the Met Office and Met Éireann asked people to send in their ideas for future storm names – and received thousands of suggestions!
This year’s list has been compiled based on public suggestions, choosing some of the more popular names and names that reflect the diversity of Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands.
You’ll have noticed they go in alphabetical order, so following from Storms Aiden, Bella and Christoph in the UK will be Storm Darcy.