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February 24, 2017

Storm Doris has been and gone. Portsmouth and Southsea seafront were closed due to the height of the waves hitting the esplanades and the force of the wind. Thanks some very brave photographers out there, we can enjoy in the comfort of our own homes some beautiful photographs which portray the scene and how fierce Doris was.


Many people took to social medias, wondering how the name of "Doris" was chosen. We too took an interest to it and started looking into how storm names were decided.


How do storms get their names


The Met Office has started giving storms names in order to raise awareness about storms heading towards Britain. 

Just like hurricanes, storms are given names in alphabetical order from a list of names for the year’s storm season.

For example, so far this winter we have seen Storm Angus, Storm Barbara, Storm Connor and Storm Doris is now on the way. 

The Met Office's public weather services head Derek Ryall said: ”By naming storms more people were made aware of the approaching threat of severe weather and were able to act on this information.” 


Where do the storm names come from? 


The name Doris was suggested by the public along with all the other storm names for this winter. 

The list of names for 2016/2017 was compiled from suggestions made by the public as part of the Met Office’s Name Our Storms campaign. 

The Met Office does not use names which begin Q, U, X, Y and Z because this is the storm naming tradition in the North Atlantic. 


What the storm names after Doris? 


The next names are Ewan, Fleur, Gabriel, Holly, Ivor, Jacqui, Kamil, Louise, Malcolm, Natalie, Oisin, Penelope, Robert, Susan, Thomas, Valerie and Wilbert. 



Is your name on the list for 2017!




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