Met Office Brings US Storm-naming Idea to the UK and Ireland

By Gary Cutlack on at

We're copying that thing they do in America with the naming of the storms, it seems, with the UK's Met Office and the Irish Meteorological Service coming together to launch a trial of a naming system for the storms that land on the Atlantic coast.

And as this is 2015 and everything is all about you and your funny internet jokes, the public will be able to pitch in with name suggestions. The weather offices say that tweeting to the @metoffice account with the hashtag #nameourstorms may get your idea considered when a big one's about to hit, plus you can contribute ideas through Facebook or by sending an email if you're a bit old and anti-social.

The Met Office's Derrick Ryall said: "The aim of this pilot is to provide a single authoritative naming system for the storms that affect UK and Ireland. We have seen how naming storms elsewhere in the world raises awareness of severe weather before it strikes. We hope that naming storms in line with the official severe weather warnings here will do the same and ensure everyone can keep themselves, their property and businesses safe and protected at times of severe weather."

As with the US system, names will alternate between male and female names to avoid accusations of sexism when women get the blame for all the bad ones. They'll be alphabetical too, so prepare to experience the wrath of Arthur or Angela this autumn. [Met Office]