UK Storm Centre

Throughout the year these pages will provide the latest updates and information as we name storms which we forecast will have an impact upon the UK.

A-Z of UK storm names 2018/19
Name Date named Date of impact on UK and/or Ireland
Ali 18 September 2018 19 September 2018
Bronagh 20 September 2018 20 - 21 September 2018
Callum 10 October 2018 12 - 13 October 2018
Deirdre 14 December 2018 15 - 16 December 2018
Erik 07 February 2019 08 - 09 February 2019
Freya 01 March 2019 03- 04 March 2019
Gareth 11 March 2019 12-13 March 2019
Hannah 26 April 2019 27 April 2019
Idris    
Jane    
Kevin    
Lily    
Max    
Niamh    
Oliver    
Peggy    
Ross     
Saoirse    
Tristan    
Violet    
Wyn    

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we naming storms?

The naming of storms using a single authoritative system should aid the communication of approaching severe weather through media partners and other government agencies. In this way the public will be better placed to keep themselves, their property and businesses safe.

Can I suggest a storm name?

This week we are opening up our social media channels and inviting people to send in suggestions for next seasons' storm names - look out for instructions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat throughout the week. You can also send  your suggestions via email to nameourstorms@metoffice.gov.uk

Met Éireann will also be asking the Irish public to send in their suggestions this week, look out for instructions on their social media channels.

A new list of names will be compiled jointly between Met Éireann, KNMI (the Dutch national weather forecasting service) and the Met Office. 

When is a storm named?

The criteria we use for naming storms is based on our National Severe Weather Warnings service. This is based on a combination of both the impact the weather may have, and the likelihood of those impacts occurring.

A storm will be named when it has the potential to cause an amber 'be prepared' or red 'take action' warning.

Other weather types will also be considered, specifically rain if its impact could lead to flooding as advised by the Environment Agency, SEPA and Natural Resources Wales flood warnings. Therefore 'storms systems' could be named on the basis of impacts from the wind but also include the impacts of rain and snow.

How is a storm named?

When the criteria for naming a storm are met, either the Met Office or Met Éireann can name a storm.

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.

You can also follow the Met Office on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.

Why are there no storms for Q, U, X, Y and Z?

To ensure we are in line with the US National Hurricane Centre naming conventions, we are not going to include names which begin with the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z. This will maintain consistency for official storm naming in the North Atlantic.

How are storm names chosen?

In September 2015 we began our Name Our Storms campaign and asked the public to send in their suggestions for names.

We received thousands of suggestions and this years list includes some of the most popular of those together with suggestions from  Met Éireann.

UK and US Storm names?

To avoid any confusion over naming, if a storm is the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane that has moved across the Atlantic, the well-established method of referring to it as, e.g. 'Ex-hurricane X' will continue.

We will only use names that have been officially designated by the National Weather Service in the US.

Are we having more storms?

Stormy weather is not unusual in the winter and we only need to go back to the winter of 2013-14 to see a similarly stormy winter. Overall, the period from mid-December 2013 to mid-February 2014 saw at least 12 major winter storms, and, when considered overall, this was the stormiest period of weather the UK has experienced for at least 20 years.

We have seen comparable or more severe storms in recent years, including 3 January 2012 and 8 December 2011, each of which caused widespread impacts.