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UK friends, families and pets recognised in storm names

The Met Office, along with partners Met Éireann and KNMI, have announced the storm names for use in the 2021/22 season, which runs from September 2021 through to the end of August 2022.

As in previous years, the names chosen have been selected by the three national meteorological organisations, but this year the UK public had its say on the names the Met Office put forward for consideration.

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Over 10,000 submissions were made by the UK public, with the names selected by the Met Office reflecting some of the more popular choices, as well as some of the heart-warming reasons behind the nominations.

The names chosen reflect the diversity of the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands and the first storm that will be named by the group this year will be Arwen, a name which thought to be of Welsh origin and was popularised by Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings books.

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Other names included on the list are Kim, with reasons behind its nomination including a ‘whirlwind’ relative and a self-confessed weather watcher.

Logan, a name of Scottish origin, was nominated by several parents and grandparents, including a mention of a grandson who ‘runs through the house like a tornado’ and one who is ‘as quick as lightning’ when playing as a goalkeeper.

A cat who ‘comes in and acts like a storm’, has also found her name on the list, with Storm Ruby making the final cut. This is a name that was also nominated for a daughter who ‘leaves a trail of destruction’ when she comes in the house.

Dudley fought off competition from seven other names beginning with D to top a poll which ran on Twitter last week which had over 12,000 votes. One reason Dudley was originally submitted was for a couple who are due to get married in 2022 and will then share the last name of Dudley. They wrote, “We find it comical to name a storm for us getting married.”

While the names of storms can be light-hearted, the impacts from storms can be severe. Names were selected on a range of criteria, including whether it is being used by other storm naming groups, whether there have been significant impacts from previous storms with the same name and if it is a name that has already been used in recent years by the group.

Storms will be named by the group when they’re deemed to cause ‘medium’ or ‘high’ impacts in the UK, Ireland or the Netherlands. In addition to strong winds, impacts from rain and snow will also be considered in the naming process.

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