Sever winter storms ahead?
27th September, 2016
Do you work with an Angus, Conor or Ewan? Or is there someone in your social circle called Barbara, Doris or Fleur? If so, you could be left cursing them in the months ahead because these are the names that have been chosen for the first six winter storms that will hit the UK and Ireland this autumn.
Last year the Met Office and Met Éireann (Ireland) ran a joint pilot scheme to name storms in autumn/winter of 2015-16. They invited the pubic to suggest names for wind storms with the potential to cause substantial impacts and received such a great reception that they are repeating it for the coming autumn/winter. And this time around they are going to include severe storms that will bring rain and snow as well as wind.
Last year’s season got under way with Storm Abigail in November and this year it will be Storm Angus, but we’re not quite sure when yet!
The Met Office said that by naming storms more people were made aware of the approaching threat of severe weather and were able to act on this information. A YouGov survey based on the first seven storms showed that 55% of those surveyed took steps to prepare for stormy weather after hearing that a storm had been named. The new list of names starts with 'A' and then alternates between female and male names.
Last autumn/winter 19 storms were named so if the same pattern emerges this autumn/winter Storm Susan will be our last. However, with the addition of snow and rain storms, we can expect to see Storms Thomas, Valerie and Wilbert and the Met Office might also have to come up with names for Q, U, X, Y and Z!
But you don’t need to rely on the naming of a storm to start planning for your winter gritting and snow clearing. Now is the time to act so that everything is in place for those first frosts so you do not get caught out. Call us today on 01728 633900 for a quote tailored to your needs. You can then relax and enjoy what’s left of the summer.