Storm Gladys: Why do storms have names and how are they picked?

Following the three storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin causing destruction in Yorkshire and potentially Storm Gladys, here is everything you need to know about why storms have names.

The Met Office has revealed the status of two storms this week and their impact, if any, on the UK.

Within the last week, Yorkshire has been devastated by three storms: Dudley, Eunice and Franklin. The Met Office has warned that another storm could be coming this week along with more gales, snow and wind in the form of Storm Gladys.

Why are storms named?

Why do storms have names? Here is everything you need to know. (Pic credit: Stu Norton)

The decision to name storms was implemented by the Met Office in 2014, following America. On November 10, 2015, the first storm was named Abigail.

The Met Office believed that naming the storms would raise more awareness and alertness of them and how dangerous they can be.

It was also thought that by using names for each storm, the public can easily follow its status on all platforms; TV, radio, social media and so on.

How are they picked?

Just like with any democracy, the Met Office asks the public for suggestions for storm names.The most popular names are compiled into a list, as well as the names suggested by Met Eireann (the Irish Met Office).

The final selection of names are put in alphabetical order and they alternate between male and female names.

The 2021/22 storm names are Arwen, Barra, Corrie, Dudley, Eunice, Franklin, Gladys, Herman, Imani, Jack, Kim, Logan, Meabh, Nasim, Olwen, Pol, Ruby, Sean, Tineke, Vergil, and Willemien.