Sunday 24 September 2017

Storm season here to start with Aileen

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Aileen, Fionn and Hector could be blowing into Ireland in the coming months.

They are among the monikers which will be given to storms over the coming year, under a scheme by Met Éireann and the UK's Met Office.

The scheme aims to raise awareness of severe weather, and prompt people to take action to prevent harm to themselves and their property.

A storm is named when it is deemed to have the potential to cause medium or high impacts.

Surveys conducted after named storms show increases in awareness and action, the forecasters said.

Last year was relatively quiet, with just five storms named, from Angus in late November 2016 to Ewan at the end of February 2017.

In comparison, 11 storms were named in the 2015/16 season, the first year of naming Irish and UK storms.

Once again this year, the names have been compiled using suggestions from the public.

Met Éireann's Gerald Fleming said: "Last winter was a very quiet one weather-wise and we only worked our way through five named storms, from Angus to Ewan.

"While we have no idea yet as to whether the coming winter will be a stormy one or a quiet one, we are prepared with a whole new set of 21 names for whatever nature may throw at us."

This year's names are: Aileen, Brian, Caroline, Dylan, Eleanor, Fionn, Georgina, Hector, Iona, James, Karen, Larry, Maeve, Niall, Octavia, Paul, Rebecca, Simon, Tali, Victor, Winifred.

Storms are not named using the letters Q, U, X, Y or Z in line with international naming conventions.

Irish Independent

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