Why is it called Malik Storm? Met Office explains why


Storm Malik is the third named storm of the season, after Storm Barra and Storm Arwen.

Storm Malik could bring gusts of up to 80mph to exposed coastal areas in the UK.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for northern England, parts of Scotland and Ireland as Storm Malik moves east towards Denmark.

The Met Office yellow alert will last from 4am on Saturday until noon on Monday.

Maldon and Burnham Standard – Photo via Met Office shows European storm name groups.The photo via the Met Office shows the European groups of storm names.

Why is it called Malik Storm?

Have you ever wondered why storms get their names and why we have had storm Arwen, Barra and now Malik?

According to the Meteorological Office, the Malik storm was named by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) as the largest part of the impacts expected there.

The DMI is a member of the Northern group of European storm naming groups.

The Met Office names storms in association with Ireland’s Met Eireann and the Netherlands’ KNMI meteorological service.

The next storm to directly affect Ireland, the Netherlands or the UK will be called a Storm Corrie, according to the 2022 storm name list.

Storm Barra was named by Met Éireann for the level of impact expected for the Republic of Ireland.

Barra was a name selected as part of the Met Office’s Name Our Storms collaboration with Irish meteorologists Met Éireann and Dutch meteorologists KNMI.

The storm name Barra follows Arwen, the alphabetical order in the Met Office list for the 2021/22 season.

By 2021, the UK public submitted 10,000 storm names to the Met Office, using anything from pet names to favorite books for inspiration.

The storm names for the 2021/22 season have been selected by the Met Office and partners Met Éireann and KNMI, reflecting some of the most popular choices.

For example, Arwen is a name believed to be of Welsh origin and made popular by Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings books.

The names chosen reflect the diversity of the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The 2021/22 storm season runs from September 2021 to the end of August 2022.

Other names included in the list are Kim, with reasons behind her nomination including a ‘whirlwind’ relative and a self-confessed weather watcher.

What names are not allowed for storms?

Names were selected based on a variety of criteria, including whether they are being used by other storm name groups, whether there have been significant impacts from previous storms with the same name, and whether it is a name that has already been used in recent years by the group.

When are storms named?

Storms will be named by the group when they are deemed to cause “medium” or “high” impacts in the UK, Ireland or the Netherlands.

In addition to high winds, the impacts of rain and snow will also be considered in the naming process, the Met Office said.

Why do we name storms?

Storm naming is intended to help the media and the public better communicate the impacts of potential severe weather events, helping people stay safe and protect themselves and their property ahead of inclement weather.

If a storm has already been named by another group of storm names before it hits the UK, the original name will be used in communications about it.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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