The Met Office have released their annual list of Storm names for the 2017/18 storm season.
The first storm of the year will be female and will be named ‘Aileen’, the gender of the first storm alternates each year and follows Angus in the 2016-17 season.
The Met Office name the storms as its proven to result in an increase in action and awareness of potentially dangerous unsettled weather.
— Met Office
(@metoffice) September 6, 2017
Derrick Ryall, Head of Public Weather Services at the Met Office, said: “Last year was another successful pilot of the storm naming project and it’s great to be now making it operational.
“Naming storms has been proved to raise awareness of severe weather in the UK, crucially prompting people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or their property.”
The 2016-17 season saw five storms named, from Angus in late November to Ewan at the end of February.
In comparison eleven storms were named in the 2015-16 season, from Abigail in mid-November to Katie at the end of March.
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