Gertrude and Barney headline Our List of Storm Names, But Ronnie Pickering Misses Out

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Give yourselves a pat on the back. Thanks to you, everyone across the UK and Ireland may soon find themselves shuddering at the mere mention of names such as Gertrude, Desmond and Barney. The Met Office and Met Éireann asked members of the public to suggest a list of names for powerful storms, and boy has the public delivered.

Like our drama-loving cousins across the pond, we’re going to start humanising bad weather, as the authorities reckon this'll help raise public awareness and, in turn, keep us safe. The British and Irish forecasting services will share a list of 21 names, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet (except for Q, U, X, Y and Z). It's only a pilot scheme right now, though I'm pretty sure it'll go down well.

British and Irish storms don't tend to be as violent as those on the other side of the Atlantic (though they are said to be far more witty and charming), but that's not stopping us. “In the cases outlined here, names may be assigned at substantially lower thresholds,” said Met Éireann.

The full list for the 2015-16 season follows. We're sad to learn that 'Storm Ronnie Pickering' won’t be a thing.

  • Abigail
  • Barney 
  • Clodagh 
  • Desmond
  • Eva
  • Frank
  • Gertrude
  • Henry
  • Imogen
  • Jake
  • Katie
  • Lawrence
  • Mary
  • Nigel
  • Orla
  • Phil
  • Rhonda
  • Steve
  • Tegan
  • Vernon 
  • Wendy
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