The names of the storms for the 2022/23 season have been announced by the Met Office, in partnership with Met Éireann and KNMI.
- Antoni, Betty and Cillian will be the group’s first named storms this year.
- Storm names chosen by Met Office, Met Éireann and KNMI.
- Last year Storm Eunice was responsible for England’s record gust speed of 122mph.
The storms are named in partnership with Met Éireann and KNMI, with this year being the eighth year of the storm naming project to help raise awareness and educate the public about the risks of upcoming storms.
Antoni will be the first named storm of the new season and will be named when a system is expected to have ‘medium’ or ‘high’ impacts in the UK, Ireland or the Netherlands. In addition to strong winds, the impacts of rain and snow will also be factored into the naming process.
The Met Office names in the list were submitted by the public, with Daisy, Glen, Khalid and Owain among those submitted, showing the range of names in use across the UK. Betty won a public vote on Met Office Twitter, with over 12,000 votes cast to select the letter B name.
Names selected by KNMI, including Antoni, Hendrika, Johanna and Loes, are named after influential Dutch scientists. Met Éireann’s submissions include Cillian, Fleur, Íde and Nelly.
Met Office Situational Awareness Manager Will Lang, who leads severe weather response, said: “We know, after seven years of work, that naming storms works. Last year, storms Arwen and Eunice had a serious impact in the UK and we know that naming the storms helps to raise awareness and give the public the information they need to stay safe in times of severe weather.
Met Office post-event surveys show 98% of people in the south-east red warning zone for Storm Eunice were aware of the warning, and 91% of them took action to protect themselves, their property or their business.
Will Lang continued: “Recent hard-hitting storms have demonstrated our continued need to communicate severe weather clearly to help the public protect themselves. Naming storms is just one way we know helps raise awareness of severe weather and clarify when people need it most.
Evelyn Cusack, head of the forecasting division at Met Éireann, hails storm naming as a very important tool in the national weather services’ arsenal of warnings. She said: “The annual unveiling of new storm names on September 1 generates great media and public interest. More importantly, during the winter, when a storm is named for its potential orange/red impacts, it creates a tremendous media and public “call to action” that helps save lives and property.
Head of forecasts at KNMI, Jan Rozema, said: “There is a strong chance that severe storms will affect all three affected countries: Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands. Severe weather news is not limited to national borders, so the message to British, Irish and Dutch people will be much appreciated and understood if we share the same information, starting with the names of the storms. This year we had a good example: three named storms hit the Netherlands in one week. A rare red warning has been issued for Storm Eunice, one of the strongest storms in fifty years. Storms Dudley and Franklin also had significant weather impacts. For us at KNMI it is a great privilege and benefit to work closely with our colleagues in Ireland and the UK in storm communication.
Why storms are named
Storms are named when they could have ‘medium’ or ‘high’ impacts in one of the partner countries and help provide consistent and authoritative messaging in times of severe weather.
For Storm Eunice, which was the strongest storm to hit England and Wales since February 2014, 95% of people in the south east red warning zone found the warning helpful, while that the National Motorways reported 21% less traffic on roads in England on February 18 as people changed their plans to stay safe during the hard-hitting storms.
If a storm is named by a different storm naming group and affects the UK, the given name will be used in communications, as happened with Storm Malik in January this year. Additionally, if the remnants of a hurricane moved across the Atlantic to impact UK weather, it would be considered an ex-hurricane with its previously given name.
Full storm names 2022/23