Here in the UK we sometimes see the names of other bands appear, which do not match our alphabetical list. In January, Storm Malik hit the UK which was named by the Danish Met. Service, DMI and was closely followed by Storm Corrie.
Another complication is if the troublesome low pressure is an ex-hurricane. Hurricane remnants can cross the Atlantic and hit Ireland or the UK. These keep their tropical name.
Storm names 2022/23 (with pronunciation)
Antoni Betty Cillian (kill-ee-an) Daisy Elliot Fleur Glen Hendrika (hen-dree-ka) Íde (ee-da)
Johanna (yo-hah-na) Khalid Loes (l-oo-s) Mark Nelly Owain (oh-wine) Priya
Ruadhán (ru-awe-on) Sam Tobias Val Wouter (vow-ter)
Last November we had Storm Arwen in November with a red warning on the 26th. Eastern Scotland and North East England still bear the scars of this unusual wind storm. Broken trees remain dotted with modified forests after an event that left some places without power for far too long.
February 2022 gave us a triple whammy with Dudley, Eunice and Franklin in quick succession. Southern Britain will remember Eunice with two red warnings and many places seeing gusts of around 70mph, coasts exposed to over 80mph. It was the strongest and most devastating storm to hit England and Wales since February 2014. A new gust speed record was set for England with a gust of 106 kt ( 122 mph) at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight.
Post-event surveys by the UK Met Office showed that “98% of people in the south-east red warning zone for Storm Eunice were aware of the warning, and 91% of them have taken steps to protect themselves, their property or their business.”
Storm Eunice red warnings and satellite image
Storms are named because of the expected impacts. Naming a storm should increase awareness of upcoming severe weather events. This should help communicate and highlight the upcoming event. Also thinking back to those two major storms from last season helps frame the whole process. So the next time there is an amber or red warning and forecasters talk about the storm’s path, timings and impacts, we hope the public and businesses use this information to make good decisions.
These storms have caused travel and power disruptions, flooding, wind damage, school and business closures. These events don’t happen that often, but the three times a week on February 22 was due to a powerful Jetstream high in the atmosphere pushing low pressures towards us.
We have 21 names on the list. We only came to F last year. The previous year, it was Storm Evert who would have been followed by Fleur, who now appears on this season’s roster. So it’s nice to see an unused name being reassigned this season with Tobias. We saw names used up to Hannah and Hector and the first year it started (2015/16) we hit Storm Katie but probably everyone was into mustard back then.
If your name is on the list but middle to last in the alphabet, it is unlikely to be called. It would be nice to see a rolling list of names, which would continue and then use all storm names like the Central Pacific Cyclone List. Sam and Val, don’t get too excited.
Additional discussion and discussion of the Name our Storms project, now in its 8th year, on the Netweather Community Forum.