The English Meteorologic Office published its list of storm names for the season and at least two will have Muslim names.
The Office released their new list of names for the 2018 and 2019 storm season: At the top of the list is “Ali” and number eight will be named “Idris”. According to the Quran, Ali is Muhammad’s cousin and son in law, one of the famous Calif ‘s of Islam.
In September 2015, the Meteorologic Office together with the Irish Meteorologic Service invited the public to propose names for wind storms.
The most popular suggestions were compiled into a list along with other names suggested by Met Eireann, Ireland’s Meteorologic Office.
The “Name Our Storms campaign” received 10 000 suggestions and includes some of the most popular names.
The criteria the Met Office use for naming storms is based on the National Severe Weather Warnings service. It depends on how severe the weather will be and how likely it is that the storm will cause damage.
A storm will be named only when it has the potential to cause either an amber “be prepared” warning or red “take action” warning.
Not only storms are considered, but specifically rain too if heavy showers could lead to flooding as advised by the Environment Agency.
According to the US National Hurricane Centre convention on naming storms, names which begin with Q, U, X, Y and Z, due to the low number of names that start with these letters, are not included.