Met Office call for new storm names
This week the Met Office is asking people to suggest names for next seasons storms. Over 10,000 names were received when ‘Name our Storms’ was first introduced in 2015 by the Met Office and Met Eireann, the national weather provider in the Republic of Ireland. Now coming into its fifth year, the Met Office is once again asking people to get involved by sending in suggestions for storm names.
How can you get your suggestions on the list?
The Met Office will be opening up their social media channels and inviting people to send in suggestions via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. For example, send in your suggestions by tagging @metoffice using #NameOurStorms and your #suggestion on Twitter (see posts by the Met Office channel on other platforms for specific guidance for that platform). People can also send their suggestions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Met Eireann will also be asking the Irish public to send in their suggestions this week.
This year the Met Office and Met Eireann will be joined by KNMI, the Dutch national weather forecasting service and together they will announce the new list of storm names for the 2019/2020 season in early September. An equivalent naming scheme for southwest Europe has been operating since 2017, which includes France, Spain and Portugal. The two schemes are designed to work closely together, with each group adopting the other group’s storm name.
To find out more about Name our Storms you can visit the Met Office Storm Centre website.