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Met Office announces storm names for new season – and Aileen’s first up

Naming storm 'raises awareness' with public to prepare

The names which will be used to identify the storms for the coming 2017/2018 winter season and onwards have been revealed.

And it will kick off with a female – Aileen.

The storm have been announced by the Met Office and Met Éireann.

The gender of the first storm alternates each year and follows Angus in the 2016-17 season.

Surveys conducted after named storms in 2016/17 have shown further increases in awareness and action taken in response to people hearing of a named storm.

Storm Doris, for example, achieved an 89% awareness score with 94% of those responders finding the severe weather warning useful. 82% of people that took action ahead of Storm Doris felt they were right to do so.

Derrick Ryall, Head of Public Weather Services at the Met Office, said: “Last year was another successful pilot of the storm naming project and it’s great to be now making it operational. Naming storms has been proved to raise awareness of severe weather in the UK, crucially prompting people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or their property.”

Gerald Fleming, Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann, said: “Last winter was a very quiet one weather-wise and we only worked our way through five named storms, from Angus to Ewan.

“While it is too early to say whether the coming winter will be a stormy one or a quiet one we are prepared with a whole new set of 21 names for whatever nature may throw at us. As before Met Éireann forecasters will work in close co-operation with our colleagues from the UK Met Office to keep all the peoples of these islands warned of impending severe weather.”

The names for the next year have once again been compiled using suggestions submitted by the public combined with names proposed to Met Éireann.

Aileen will be followed by Brian, Caroline, Dylan, Eleanor, Fionn, Georgina, Hector, Iona, James, Karen, Larry, Maeve, Niall, Octavia, Paul, Rebecca, Simon, Tali, Victor and Winifred.

As in previous years, Q; U; X; Y and Z will not be used to comply with international storm naming conventions.

A storm will be named on the basis of ‘medium’ or ‘high’ impacts from wind but also include the impacts of rain and snow, i.e. storms will be named for weather systems which we expect an Amber or Red warning will eventually be issued by Met Éireann and/or the Met Office’s National Severe Weather Warning Service.

The 2016-17 season saw five storms named, from Angus in late November to Ewan at the end of February. In comparison eleven storms were named in the 2015-16 season, from Abigail in mid-November to Katie at the end of March.

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