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#NameOurStorms: is it a good idea?

Should we keep the #NameOurStorms scheme?  

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  1. 1. Should we keep the #NameOurStorms scheme?

    • Yes, I like it!
    • No, it's a waste of time.
    • Not bothered.


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5 hours ago, Freeze said:

What confusion and a mess that would be, would that mean we skip a letter in the naming or have 2 different names for the same storm?

The Uk Met Office and Met Eireann work together to name storms affecting the UK and Ireland, they chose from the same list. There are two lows this weekend, Freya being the second one to come our way. Sometimes other Met services like Portuguese or Meteo France name a Storm out in the Atlantic, that name is adopted but just interrupts our list.

Comparisons against previous years will be lower I suppose because the Portugal/Spain/France combo has recently  started naming.

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No name for the tonight/Tues/Weds low. Which will be quite an event affecting most of the UK. 

Met Office aren't naming it today, are they waiting for Met Eireann to do it instead?

What is the reason behind naming storms - To communicate better with the public. The yellow warnings have their issues, almost becoming background noise now. Yet yesterday southern England had a fair few trees fall which would have caused big impacts if it had been this morning rather than Sunday. 

This large low will bring heavy rain, hill snow and widespread strong winds, gales ,even severe gales with windy weather for a long time. MIght as well name it, the amber thing has gone out of the window anyway (FReya didn't have one) It's an event , give it a name, if this NameourStorms truly is still a thing. 

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I think naming the storms is a good thing , its just we need consistency. Yesterdays should have been named and in a city like London its 24/7 people work and go out week round , also with transport Sunday is the busiest day of the week normally at Heathrow.

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Today the wind was stronger than with Gareth or Freya but it wasn't a named storm. Mmmmmm.

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2 hours ago, The PIT said:

Today the wind was stronger than with Gareth or Freya but it wasn't a named storm. Mmmmmm.

And Saturday looks worse still (At least IMBY). Mind you, the Sun have named it Hellstorm Hannah for us🙄🤭

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The first storm of the year. Gusts into the 50's through out the day and it's not named.

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4 of the national press have decided to name tomorrows storm as Storm Hannah the met office & met eireann have not named it

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Even Network Rail south-east have wrongly named it presumably looked at one of the 4 nationals instead of the met office

 

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Again this one should be named by the looks of this mornings forecast.

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59 minutes ago, The PIT said:

Again this one should be named by the looks of this mornings forecast.

Yes, been raising the question myself.. It's almost like they name them when they feel like it.. 

72mph gust has been recorded in an exposed spot in wales.. 

Freya bought those kinds of wind speeds and this system is expected to deepen more as its crosses us 

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Hasn't made 50 here but fairly breezy though.

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It's a storm by any other name? Who cares what it's called? Naming storms only leads to petty bickering...and as for all the 'my warning's bigger than your warning', malarkey?:wallbash:

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17 hours ago, Summer Sun said:

Even Network Rail south-east have wrongly named it presumably looked at one of the 4 nationals instead of the met office

 

and the Environment Agency, another Met Office partner 

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I'm not sure the met it's self has named any of this Years storms, it is a joint system with the Irish met, and so far they have named storms, and rightfully so, that will cause them problems. May be to stop the confusion, two name lists need to be made, that way if our met names a storm, at some point, we can then rightfully, or wrongly criticise them for it.

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Poll on Netweather Twitter 

I think as an event, for the whole of Saturday it being named Storm Hannah would have worked as a communication tool for the forecast. Which is the idea behind this project.  

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2 hours ago, Jo Farrow said:

Poll on Netweather Twitter 

I think as an event, for the whole of Saturday it being named Storm Hannah would have worked as a communication tool for the forecast. Which is the idea behind this project.  

They have in Ireland which is who named them in the first place. It works, as long as people pay attention to which met agency does the naming, and do not expect the system to have behave the same all over, which they never will.

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I'm not sure that, apart from constant discussion (apart from among weather-based website members) the general public pays a lot of notice really: the tabloid press have always adorned their front pages with overheated weather-stories, anyway...?

And, anywho, Joe Plank will always want to be on the front pages, for trying to drive 50 miles through 19-foot snowdrifts and freezing fog?

 

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Not #StormHannah blog from Met Office https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/  Hardly addresses the crux of the issue. And it's easy to argue after the event, but flood forecasting in association with the Environment agencies generally outputs strong forecasts for when the rain hits the ground. They seemed to be vigorous in their message of flooding for Saturday when people would be venturing out and about.

A lot of info about winds in this text. The flooding got the headlines. And the winds the other weekend in southern England managed to bring down a lot of trees with no leaves on them.

Those criteria listed seem more for their severe weather warnings and the impacts, the storm name is a communication tool, in addition and alongside, not to replicate. The whole impact bit is causing enough issues with the yellow/amber warnings.  I think the Met Office, in this instance, isn't considering the public, as an end user. And there are too many behind the scenes nuances to getting a storm name announced (and the random issue times). 

If Saturday's low had been named Storm Hannah what would it have mattered? The public could still be more aware that there was severe weather coming, the winds, heavy rain and lots of flooding and snow. The broadcasters and media forecasters could have got their teeth into the #StormHannah story and message, and Idris would be next on the list. Big deal. Why keep holding back, just so the Daily Express is wrong? Loads of the Met Eireann named ones don't affect the UK much. I don't mind. The list is 21-ish long, there are plenty to use up. Maybe Rainstorm Hannah, WindStorm Erik, Snowstorm Emma! 

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Shower of a Met Office policy.

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A good idea ruined by bad implementation I think. 

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