Met Office names new storm after town of Black Country
A new storm will be named after a Black Country town following a public vote, it has been revealed.
The Met Office announced the new storm will be called Storm Dudley in a surprise announcement on Monday, August 23.
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The last storm to hit the UK was Storm Evert in July of this year.
So it will take a little while until a name starting with D is needed.
The Met Office tweeted: “We are declaring a winner for your vote for letter D in our new #NameOurStorms list which will be announced next week… You’ve decided and…”
A photo highlighting the choice of “Dudley” accompanied the social media post.
Many people associate the name with the spoiled cousin of Harry Potter, but here in the Black Country we know it as the home of the Black Country Museum and Dudley Zoo.
The Met Office, Met Éireann and KNMI host storms to help the media and the public communicate more effectively on the impacts of severe weather events.
As part of the naming process, each of the three weather organizations names selected letters from the alphabet, reflecting the diversity of the three countries that name storms.
Names are selected for each letter of the alphabet except Q, U, X, Y, and Z, according to storm naming conventions.
This year, the Met Office asked people in the UK to submit their suggestions for review through its website for the organization to then choose.
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