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Met Office reveals official list of storm names for 2022/23

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 1st September 2022

It’s that time of year once again – the Met Office has officially revealed the list of storm names for 2022/23.

This is the eighth year in a row that storms have been named.

The Met Office explains that storms are given a name to help raise awareness, help provide “consistent and authoritative messaging”, and inform the public of the risks of upcoming adverse weather conditions – and this year, have been named in partnership with the Met Éireann from Ireland and KNMI from The Netherlands.

They will be named when a system is forecast to cause ‘medium’ or ‘high’ impacts in the UK, Ireland or the Netherlands, the Met Office adds.

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Impacts from rain and snow will also be considered in the naming process.  

This season’s storm names are Antoni, Betty, Cillian, Daisy, Elliot, Fleur, Glen, Hendrika, Ide, Johanna, Khalid, Loes, Mark, Nelly, Owain, Priya, Ruadhan, Sam, Tobias, Val, and Wouter.

The Met Office’s names in the list have come from submissions from the public, with Daisy, Glen, Khalid and Owain some of those submitted, while Betty came out on top as the winner of a public vote on Met Office Twitter – with over 12,000 votes cast to select the name for the letter B.  

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Read more: How and why do the Met Office name storms?

KNMI’s selected names – including Antoni, Hendrika, Johanna and Loes – are named after influential Dutch scientists.

Met Éireann’s submissions include Cillian, Fleur, Íde, and Nelly. 

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Storm names 2022/23 as revealed by the Met Office / Credit: Met Office

“We know from seven years of doing this that naming storms works,” explained Will Lang, Head of Situational Awareness at the Met Office – who leads responses in times of severe weather.

“Last year, Storms Arwen and Eunice brought some severe impacts to the UK.

“We know that naming storms helps to raise awareness and give the public the information they need to stay safe in times of severe weather, and recent impactful storms demonstrated our ongoing need to communicate severe weather in a clear way to help the public protect themselves.

“Naming storms is just one way that we know helps to raise awareness of severe weather and provides clarity for the public when they need it most.”

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