Storm names 2021-2022: what will Met Office call the strongest weather systems - and how are names chosen?

Members of the public nominated names, with storms being named after messy daughters and Lord of the Rings characters

It will soon be that time of year again, when we can expect rain, hail, winds and weather warnings.

From hurricane Bawbag to storm Karen (she’d like to speak to a manager), the UK began naming adverse weather systems in 2015.

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The storm season begins in September and so the alphabetic list of potential storms renews then too.

The Met Office has now revealed the names of all the storms we could experience in the year ahead, as well as revealing where some of the names came from.

Here is the full list of names (which never features letters  Q, U, X, Y or Z) and where some of them originate from.

Why does the UK name storms?

The idea originated in the US and was adopted by the Met Office in 2015, in a bid to make the public more aware of adverse weather conditions and how dangerous they can be.

The Met Office has since ran a campaign called ‘#NameOurStorms’ which allowed members of the public to nominate a name.

This year, over 10,000 entries were made and 21 names have been chosen. The names will not be confined to storms experienced in the UK, as Ireland and the Netherlands use the same list.

Will Lang, head of the National Severe Weather Warning Service at the Met Office, said of the naming scheme: "We’re all aware of some of the severe weather that has been witnessed across Europe and globally in recent months and we work to use any tool at our disposal to ensure the public is informed of potential risks, and naming storms is just one way we do that."

KNMI director-general Gerard van der Steenhoven said: "Storms are not confined to national borders - it makes a lot of sense to give common names to such extreme weather events."

What constitutes a storm which needs a name?

Storms will be given a moniker when they are predicted to cause medium or high impacts from strong winds, rain or snow.

The past year has seen five officially named storms, including the latest Storm Evert - causing damage to homes and businesses due to extreme wind, rain and flooding.

We have not gone further than K - Storm Katie, which hit the UK on Easter Monday 2016.

What names have been chosen this year?

The first storm of the 2021/2022 season will be Arwen, a name of Welsh origin and popularised by JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings books.

Other names have been chosen as a result of people sharing their name - such as Kim, nominated in recognition of a "whirlwind" relative and a self-confessed weather watcher.

Here is the full list of names for this year:

Arwen

Barra

Corrie

Dudley - chosen through Twitter after being submitted by a couple who will share the last name of Dudley when they get married in 2022

Eunice

Franklin

Gladys

Herman

Imani

Jack

Kim

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

Méabh

Nasim

Olwen

Pól

Ruby - nominated by a pet owner whose cat "comes in and acts like a storm" and a parent whose daughter "leaves a trail of destruction" when she enters the house.

Sean

Tineke

Vergil

Willemien

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