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Fewest UK Storms On Record Last Season!

September 13, 2017

By Paul Homewood



The Met Office has just confirmed that Britain had the lowest number of named storms in the 12 months just ended.

The storm season runs from September to August, and in 2016/17 there were just five named storms, a new record low.


The Met Office began naming storms in 2015.

[For any Guardian readers passing by, I suppose I had better add a SARC tag!]

  1. spetzer86 permalink
    September 13, 2017 1:26 pm

    See, there you go. Something’s different than what it “should” be. That’s how you know climate change is real.

    • Adrian permalink
      September 13, 2017 2:02 pm

      Hah Paul, I think I can see the problem here.

      You haven’t adjusted the numbers from previous years. This is a common mistake amongst non-climatologists.

      I think you’ll find that Storms Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub, weren’t storms at all but merely British weather. Delete these old chap and voila you will find that actually we had more storms than previously.

  2. NeilC permalink
    September 13, 2017 2:15 pm

    Paul, does the storm season really go from September to August? Anyway it’s a stupid idea anyhow.

  3. Green Sand permalink
    September 13, 2017 2:16 pm

    Smile, nice!

  4. September 13, 2017 2:38 pm

    It was unprecedented.

  5. Joe Public permalink
    September 13, 2017 2:57 pm

    Climate change!!

  6. BLACK PEARL permalink
    September 13, 2017 3:15 pm

    A Storm used to be a really dramatic event, not just a bit of windy rain.
    Why the dramatic upgrade ?
    Dramatising it in such away will lead the public to being complacent and take little notice of so called storm warnings, so when a REAL one comes along they will be unprepared.
    Same as crying ‘WOLF’

    • Paddy permalink
      September 14, 2017 6:09 am

      Can’t we bring back k the term “tempest” – it sounds much more archaic?

  7. Sara Hall permalink
    September 13, 2017 4:02 pm

    Currently sitting in a marina on a small yacht in Scheveningen, Holland where it blew storm force 11 all morning, having picked up energy as it crossed the N Sea. Conditions have been lively so say the least, but I’ve seen a lot worse over the years and been out at sea in the thick of it too, including a force 12 in the N. Atlantic back in 1976. I will also never forget October 16th,1987, having had the eye of that storm pass over my home port of Guernsey. I think that too many people these days only ever experience weather in cities, where the effects have to be seriously skewed. The weather that dominates the Earth most often happens far out in the oceans, directly affecting an increasingly select few.

    • dave permalink
      September 13, 2017 5:21 pm

      You know how in Medieval cathedrals the main church has lots of little churches (‘side chapels’) stuck on? Extra praying time, and a money spinner as well .A gimmick like ‘named storms’ ? – an invitation to witness priests of the Climate Change Religion at work. Each catchily named puff of wind the chance to hear them cry out “Sinners! Repent! For a small Indulgence we could, perhaps…” Business is slow at the moment but by the laws of chance it will pick up at some time.

      • dave permalink
        September 13, 2017 5:27 pm

        Business is also rather slow in the “Death Spiral” chapel:

  8. mwhite permalink
    September 13, 2017 6:10 pm

    Lowest number of maed storms ever.

    • mwhite permalink
      September 13, 2017 6:12 pm

      Lowest number of named storms ever.

      Eating and typing!

      • Stephen Kelly permalink
        September 14, 2017 6:44 am

        What are you drinking.

      • roger permalink
        September 14, 2017 7:13 am

        Don’t type with your mouth full!

  9. Dermot Flaherty permalink
    September 14, 2017 10:15 am

    There was a nice editorial titled “Overblown” in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph contrasting Irma with Aileen and generally asking why it is necessary to give names to “pretty run-of-the-mill autumn storms”.
    To my delight, the piece finished with “but come on, who will remember Aileen?” and having been humming that tune ever since the name came up, I think there is a secret Dexys Midnight Runners fan at the DT.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 14, 2017 12:46 pm

      My wheelie bin blew over! But then it did that on Sunday evening as well when there wasn’t a named storm.

  10. Athelstan permalink
    September 14, 2017 11:38 am

    low pressure systems, nothing to see here but feel the Wet office wind and piss.

  11. Mike permalink
    September 15, 2017 2:24 pm

    How is 2 years supposed to show us anything?

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