Named storms battered the UK this year – Antoni will be the first to hit in the next 12 months (Picture: PA/Getty)

Named storms battered the UK this year – Antoni will be the first to hit in the next 12 months (Picture: PA/Getty)

Members of the public have – perhaps questionably – been asked to submit names for storms that hit the UK next year.

But the Met Office has confirmed that Stormy McStormface has no chance of making the list for 2023/24, after confirming this year’s list.

Four names have been picked by the public over e-mail and one from a Twitter poll for the coming 2022/23 list.

And people are now being asked to submit suggestions for the following year.

The annual list – first launched in 2015 – generally runs from early September until late August the following year, to coincide with the beginning of autumn.

This year, Daisy, Glen, Khalid and Owain came through e-mail submissions, while Betty won a public vote on Twitter, with more than 12,000 votes cast.

The full list is: Antoni, Betty, Cillian, Daisy, Elliot, Fleur, Glen, Hendrika, Ide, Johanna, Khalid, Loes, Mark, Nelly, Owain, Priya, Ruadhan, Sam, Tobias, Val, Wouter.

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Flooding from Storm Franklin in Gloucestershire this February (Picture: PA)

By convention, the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are left unfilled.

An infamous public vote on naming a vessel saw Boaty McBoatface become the popular choice, sparking a trend of similar suggestions – recently including Poxy McPoxface for Monkeypox.

But the Met Office confirmed to Metro.co.uk that Stormy McStormface is a ‘popular’ submission.

Storms are given a name when they are deemed to have the potential to cause an amber or red warning.


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The list of possible names was compiled by Irish forecaster Met Eireann, the UK’s Met Office and the Dutch national weather forecasting service KNMI.

KNMI selected Antoni, Hendrika, Johanna and Loes, in honour of famous Dutch scientists.

Met Eireann chose Cillian, Fleur, Ide, and Nelly.

The organisation’s head of situational awareness Will Lang, who leads responses in times of severe weather, said naming storms helped raise public awareness.

‘We know from seven years of doing this that naming storms works,’ he explained.

‘Last year, Storms Arwen and Eunice brought some severe impacts to the UK and we know that naming storms helps to raise awareness and give the public the information they need to stay safe in times of severe weather.’

The Met Office said 98% of those within the red warning area in the southeast for Storm Eunice were aware of the warning, and 91% took action to protect themselves, their property or business.

Members of the public can suggest names by emailing nameourstorms@metoffice.gov.uk.

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