The leaves may have left the trees but the skies still entertain. Now that the UK’s Met Office and Met Éireann, its Irish equivalent, have taken to naming ‘storms’ that blow in from the Atlantic, the weather has suddenly become more personal. First there was Abigail who didn’t make much of a show in Northumberland – stood up by a storm. Then there was the remnants of ex-hurricane Kate, and now we await the arrival of Barney, followed by Clodagh, Desmond and Eva etc.
According to the Guardian: “To avoid confusion, if a storm is the dying gusts of a tropical storm or hurricane that has crossed the ocean, it will still be styled according to the current convention of “ex-hurricane X”, as chosen by the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami”.
The list alternates between male and female names through the alphabet. Sadly for all those Quillans and Xaviers out there, Q, U, X, Y and Z will be omitted, in line with “the convention for official storm naming in the North Atlantic”. Nice work if you can get it 🙂
Call them what you like, they have provided some spectacular autumnal skies over Hexham these last few days, with or without a little post-processing 😉 :