These are the Met Office storm names for winter 2021/2022

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Ruby, Vergil, Gladys, Méabh and Pól are among the new 21 storm names revealed by the English, Dutch and Irish weather services that we'll be watching out for in the coming year.

Why does the Met Office name storms?

Now in the seventh year of the Name our Storms campaign, the system aims to raise awareness of severe weather before it hits. Storms are named when they cause a medium to high impact, with names often being chosen for light-hearted reasons.

What are the Met Office storm names for 2021/2022?

The storm names are Arwen, Barra, Corrie, Dudley, Eunice, Franklin, Gladys, Herman, Imani, Jack, Kim, Logan, Méabh, Nasim, Olwen, Pól, Ruby, Seán, Tineke, Vergil, Willemien.

There are no storms beginning with the letter Q, U, X, Y and Z to comply with the international storm naming conventions.

"As storms are not confined to national borders, it makes a lot of sense to give common names to such extreme weather events," Gerard van der Steenhoven, director general at Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) told the Met Office.

"As many people often travel between our countries, the use of common names will make it a lot easier for them to appreciate the hazards represented by a large storm system."

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Photo credit: Finnbarr Webster - Getty Images

The first storm of the year will be called Arwen — a Welsh name thought to be popularised by JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings books.

Ruby also made the list after being nominated by a pet owner whose cat "comes in and acts like a storm".

How does the Met Office name storms?

The storm names are suggested by the public and then compiled by the three National met services.

"When the criteria for naming a storm are met, either the Met Office, Met Éireann or KNMI can name a storm," the Met Office says. "We then let the public, our partners in government and the responder community and the media know through various routes including publishing details on our website and social media channels."

Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Éireann, told the BBC she wanted to provide a "clear and consistent message to the public and encouraging people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their properties at times of severe weather".

To find out more about Name our Storms you can visit the Met Office Storm Centre.

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