Met Office’s storm naming process as Storm Dudley causes havoc

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With a rare red warning issued by the Met Office, it seems parts of the UK are set to continue to be battered by Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice.

Weather experts have claimed that wind speeds could hit 100mph and have warned people to stay indoors, where possible, with the storms causing power cuts, travel disruption and damage to towns across the country.

And, Storm Eunice is predicted to be the 'worst storm in 30 years' with snow forecast for the coming days, to add to the wind and rain.

The storm names for the majority of 2022 have already decided by the Met Office.

Here's exactly how the naming process works and why storms are named in the UK.

How are storms in the UK named by the Met Office?

From Storm Corrie to Storm Eunice, the UK has had its fair share of extreme weather this year, with warnings galore from the Met Office.

The storm naming process takes a collaborative approach with the Met Office stating: "Earlier this year the Met Office asked people to send in their ideas for future storm names, receiving thousands of suggestions."

From there, Met Éireann, the Met Office and Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI – the Dutch weather forecasting service ) come together to name the storms from the suggestions.

The names are then allocated when storms meet the criteria for the National Severe Weather Warnings service. The storm can only be named when it meets amber or red warnings, like Storm Eunice.

After a storm has been named by the Met Office, the weather service explained: "We then let the public, our partners in government and the responder community and the media know through various routes including publishing details on our website and social media channels."

As the names are chosen from suggestions from the public, you can send in your own ideas via email to email to [email protected]

What is the storm naming criteria that the Met Office requires names to follow

The Met Office highlights that the names chosen often reflect the diversity of the UK and Netherlands, with more popular names prioritised, too.

There are, however, rules the Met Office follows that are in-line with the US National Hurricane Centre's naming conventions.

Therefore, names beginning with Q, U, X, Y and Z will not be used or selected.

What are the Met Office's 2022's storm names?

While names including Storm Arwen, Barra and Dudley have already been used, there are still plenty of Storm names left to be allocated in 2022.

Here's the full list of storm names from September, 2021, to August, 2022, and if they've been designated to a storm:

  • Arwen – November 25, 2021
  • Barra – December 5, 2021
  • Malik – January 28, 2022
  • Corrie – January 29, 2022
  • Dudley1 – February 14, 2022
  • Eunice – February 14, 2022
  • Franklin
  • Gladys
  • Herman
  • Imani
  • Jack
  • Kim
  • Logan
  • Méabh
  • Nasim
  • Olwen
  • Pól
  • Ruby
  • Seán
  • Tineke
  • Vergil
  • Willemien
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  • Weather Forecast
  • UK Weather

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