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01st Sep 2021

The list storm names for 2021/22 has been released with a few Irish nods

Fiona Frawley

It’s officially September, which means time to pack away your summer clothes, swap the iced lattes for pumpkin spiced and scan the list of storm names to see if yours is on it.

Here’s hoping it is, and you’ll be able to do a gas “don’t mess with me, guys” tweet about it.

Met Éireann, along with the Met Office and KNMI – the national weather services of the UK and Netherlands, have released the new list of storm names for the 2021-22 storm season.

Met Éireann and the Met Office have been working together on the Storm Names partnership since 2014 to help raise awareness of the potential impacts of severe weather, and were joined by KMNI in 2019.

In a similar way to previous years, each weather service has contributed names reflective of their own nations identity, mainly suggested by members of the public. Irish names featured on the list this year include Barra (Finbarr), Méabh, Pól and Seán. The name Diarmuid was part of a recent public vote along with Duncan, Dudley and Dafydd but Dudley came out as the winner, “perhaps reflective of the magic of Harry Potter” as Met Éireann say.

In conjunction with the unveiling of the storm names, Met Éireann’s Head of Forecasting, Evelyn Cusack said:

Last winter was relatively quiet with only one storm named by Met Éireann, Storm Aiden at Halloween.  We are now preparing for the autumn and winter months ahead with a new list of storm names for 2021-22 and for whatever weather may come to our shores.

Once again Met Éireann will continue to work with our national weather service colleagues in the UK and Netherlands, by continuing to provide a clear and consistent message to the public and encouraging people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their properties at times of severe weather.

The list of storm names are as follows.

  • Arwen
  • Barra
  • Corrie
  • Dudley
  • Eunice
  • Franklin
  • Gladys
  • Herman
  • Imani
  • Jack
  • Kim
  • Logan
  • Méabh
  • Nasim
  • Olwen
  • Pól
  • Ruby
  • Seán
  • Tineke
  • Vergil
  • Willemien

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