Why do storms get their names and what are the storm names for 2019?

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The Met Office, the people who are basically in charge of telling everyone all about the weather, have announced a brand new list of storm names today!

When there’s some really bad weather, you might notice that presenters on the telly start to call the storms names.

The Met Office name storms to raise awareness of severe weather in the UK. It’s a tradition that started in the USA in 1958 but has only just come to the UK, in 2013!

This season’s names have been chosen from a list of suggestions submitted by people like you!

They chose some of the most popular names but also picked some names that reflect the nations, culture and diversity of Britain and Ireland.

As in previous years, names starting with the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z will not be used.

The 2017-18 season saw ten storms named, from Aileen in September to Hector earlier this summer.

But how bad does a storm need to be before it’s named?

They’re usually named on the basis of ‘medium’ or ‘high’ threats. That can come from wind, but also rain and snow.

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