- Kitty Thompson
- Newspeed reporter
What is the common denominator between Gladys and Robbie and Logan? These are all the names of the storms that will hit the regions of the United Kingdom.
In recent weeks and months, Hurricanes Malik, Corey and Dudley have hit the country, and now it’s time for Hurricane Eunice.
Hurricane Dudley hit the UK last Wednesday and lasted until Thursday this week, causing disruption across the country, leaving people without electricity, trains canceled and trucks overturning in strong winds.
It is not over yet, because the Eunice storm will soon begin and make its presence felt.
But how do storms get their names? Everything you need to know is here.
Why are storms called names?
There is a complete logical explanation for giving proper names to storms. When the weather outside is bad, it’s just to alert people with the thought that you will hear the name and realize that strong winds, heavy rain or snow are waiting for you.
In this way, people will be in a better position to learn ways to protect their security and property.
Naming storms is still a relatively new thing. UK Met Office started doing this with colleagues in Ireland in 2015, and later joined the Netherlands.
When is a storm named?
A storm is given a name when it is expected to have moderate or high impact, or in meteorological terms, causing a yellow (amber) or red warning.
These warnings come through the National Weather Service’s severe weather warning service and are issued for conditions such as heavy rain, strong winds, snow, ice, fog and extreme heat.
“We are all well aware of some of the extreme weather conditions that Europe and the world have experienced in recent months, and we are working to use any tools we have to ensure that the public is aware of potential dangers,” Long, head of the bow service, told Radio One Newsbeat that naming storms was one way to do that.
“Naming a storm helps to raise awareness about the effects of severe weather and we know to make it clear to the public when it is most needed,” he added.
How are names selected?
Now we come to the part where we talk about the middle ground.
The Meteorological Center urges the public to suggest possible names and a new list is published each year.
The names A to Z are placed and released from early September to late August, and are derived from the masculine and feminine nouns, so in this cycle we saw the names of Arwen, Para and Corey.
More than 10,000 entries were submitted by the British public last year, and the names chosen reflect some of the most popular choices, and were chosen by some individuals for beautiful reasons.
It also includes the story of Ruby the Cat, whose owner wrote that it “enters and acts like a storm”, hence the name she gave to the storm, while the capital Logan was named “as fast as lightning” by the grandson of a goalkeeper. “
When a storm strikes, SMD selects the next name from the list alphabetically.
The next storm to Eunice was Franklin.
Why no Q, U, X, Y, Z storms?
If your name starts with the letters Q, U, X, Y or Z, depending on the English alphabet, no storm will be named after your name.
This decision was made to avoid conflicts with the nomenclature for hurricanes in the United States.
Bad weather awaits in the UK
BBC meteorologist Simon King said Dudley was bringing the possibility of trees falling and could even cut power lines in the wind, with winds expected to reach 90 mph.
In addition, Hurricane Eunice could bring snow to high altitudes over the mountains of northern England, extending into southern Scotland and northern Ireland.
And it doesn’t stop there. It could be another storm preparing to come on Sunday.
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