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Metcheck Atlantic Storm Names

Metcheck Atlantic Storm Names

About this page

You know, the Germans are clever people. Not only did they invent the Fahrenheit scale, diesel engine and aspirin, but they also came up with a system of naming storm systems across Europe.

Metcheck have now also adopted this system. The reason? Well mainly to help people understand and keep track of areas of low pressure affecting our day to day lives. When two storm systems rattle in one after another, the press can sometimes get a little confused and you may hear a "gale is on the way" well after the event has happened.

So, we decided to do something about it.

Storm Name Event Name Current Storm Status
Nike #StormNike Active
Ortrun #StormOrtrun Active
Paula #StormPaula Active
Quintia #StormQuintia Allocated
Renate #StormRenate Allocated
Susanne #StormSusanne Allocated
Thekla #StormThekla Allocated

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How do we class the storms?
At Metcheck, we class storms based on their current central pressure in millibars. Storms can be upgraded or downgraded, however the name will remain the same.

Violent Storm <940mb
Storm 941-960mb
Gale 961-980mb
Low 981-1013mb

This helps people understand the severity of the system. Not just that, but also track its development.

Why don't Metcheck have their own names?
Well, we thought about this. Then we realised just how good the Germans were are it, so we thought we'd nick their names instead ;-)

How do we name the storms?
The storm names come from the Free University in Berlin. You can check the current names and pressure charts by going here :-