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From:_ -,--,--==L

Sent: 01 October
To:
Subject: I think we need an 'A'!

Hi All

My best guess on the system which looks like spreading up towards us on Sunday
night/Monday is that it might be _warnable_ but probably not _nameable_, at least by our
criteria. However there are a very small number of more developed and windier solutions, so
it might be wise if we agree on an 'A' name now should we need to use it over the weekend.

We've taken your proposed lists from last year, and started to add in ones from our social
media trawl. So we should have a full list to run past you soon. _ thinks starting with a
girl might be best, as the NHC started with boys this year. How about 'Abigail'? That was
one of the most popular suggestions. Then we could use one of the '8' boys from your lists.

How does that sound?

Depending on how this shapes up, this might also be a good opportunity to share
interpretations etc. I'm on shift here on Sunday and would welcome a chat if it still looks
sufficiently windy - or any other time over the weekend.

Cheers


Yes, fine with Abigail, and good to put the females out front ... The system has potential, I agree, but
it may be no more than a wet night when all comes to all. A couple of more model runs will tell a lot.

Also - if Joaquin goes extra-tropical and gives us grief later on next week - we will stick with that
name I presume.

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With best regards

12th October 2015
Hello_,

After trawling and sorting through the hundreds of names suggested for the Name our Storms project
and incorporating the list that you provided last year I think we (finally!) have a list of names to run
with for the pilot project this autumn/winter. See the attached list on the main tab.

We've been careful not to have replication of names being used by NHC or to re-use names which
have been associated with any past significant tropical storms.
Could you have a look over the list and check that you are ok with it? If so we're keen to get things
moving and announce the list in conjunction with yourselves whilst the weather is quiet. It would also

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be useful to know if we have the pronunciation of the names of Irish origin correct,

Kind regards,

Press Officer and Meteorologist

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter DevonEX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 _ Email: Website: www.metoffice.gov.uk
See our guide to climate change at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-change/guide/

14th Oct 2015
Hi"

Thanks for this list which we have reviewed here in Dublin. Only two suggestions:

1. The name "Patrick" is a bit cliche-Irish (and also of course closely associated with a specific
date, March 17th) so suggest Peter or Paul instead here?
2. Not sure about the wisdom of including "Q" names - there are so few of them, we could run
out! The NHC avoid this letter.

Other than that, we are good to go!

Thanks for all your work on this. We would appreciate a heads-up before you announced publically-
so that we can prepare ourselves for the inevitable media enquiries .

• -I appreciate that we need to sign off asap on the operational details; I think we are just about
there anyway. The draft protocol you sent to me on Sept so" has been circulated to our forecasters
and there was no adverse reaction! I just need to get the parallel document prepared on my side.

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With best regards

16th Oct 2015

Hello_,

Thank you for your comments, after consideration we have decided to omit names beginning with Q,
U, X, Y and Z as per NHC. We've also changed Patrick to Phil. Therefore the list of names is now as
the revised attached document.

We've put together an news release - also attached - which we would like to embargo for release on
Monday (or early next week) if you are in agreement, ahead of the weather starting to turn more
unsettled again next week.
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Best regards,

•••• Press Officer and Meteorologist

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 _ Email: Website: www.metoffice.gov.uk
See our guide to climate change at http://www.metoffice.gov.uklclimate-change/guide/

Hi_,
We:II send out the release on Monday, under embargo for Tuesday morning, that gives us a bit more
time on Monday to tie up any loose ends!

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Thanks and have a nice weekend,

Press Officer and Meteorologist

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 _ Email: Website: www.metoffice.gov.uk
See our guide to climate change at hUp://www.metoffice.gov.uklclimate-change/guide/

Subject: RE: Name our storms - list

Hi_

Yes, that is fine with us. We have a news item for our website which we will prepare for release in
the wee hours of Monday morning. I think that the changes to the list of names are all very sensible,
and thanks for these.

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With best regards

Hi_,
We'll send out the release on Monday, under embargo for Tuesday morning,that gives us a bit more
time on Monday to tie up any loose ends!

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Thanks and have a nice weekend,

Press Officer and Meteorologist

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 _ Email: metoffice. ov.uk Website: www.metoffice.gov.uk
See our guide to climate change at http://www.metoffice.gov.uklclimate-change/guide/
Subject: RE: Name our storms - list

Thanks"

We will delay our website article to coordinate with your timing, so. Tuesday does suit me better; I
can usually do without early morning calls for interviews from radio stations on a Monday morning!
And then there is a rugby match on Sunday which might provoke some mild celebrations {oops,
sorry, don't mention the rugby.!} Actually the rugby has the potential to swamp all media coverage
on Monday morning, this side of the Irish Sea.

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Best regards

Hello_,

We are going to have to make a few further tweaks to the list after it was pointed out that it is no
longer female/male after the removal of Q, U, X, Y and Z. To overcome this we have interchanged the
end of next year's list with this year's, therefore it now looks like the below:

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Are these changes ok? I hope this doesn't cause you too many problems

Thanks,

2015-16
Abigail
Barney
Clodagh (Clo .
-da
Desmond
Eva
Frank
Gertrude
Henry
Imogen
Jake
Katie
Lawrence
Mary
Nigel
Orla
Phil
Rhonda
Steve
Tegan
Vera
Wilbert

Press Officer and Meteorologist

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 _ Email: metoffice. ov.uk Web~ite: www.metoffice.gov.uk
See our guide to climate change at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-change/guide/

19th Oct 2015

Subject: RE: Name our storms - list

Hi_

Yes, these should be fine.

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Best regards

Thanks_,

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You'd think it would be easy to agree a list of names .... !

From:_ ,-,-,,==L

Sent: 19 October 20
To:

Subject: RE: Name our storms - list

Hi_

Just to be clear, the Met Office are releasing the listtonight at 0100, is that correct? I want to
prepare something for our own website at the same time.
@met.ie
Met Eireonn www.met.ie
Ph: . Fax:+353-1-_

Met Eireann's Andraid App is available here
Also available on iTunes

Hello",

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Yes that's correct

Press Officer and Meteorologist

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 _ Email: Website: www.metoffice.gov.uk
See our guide to clitnate change at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-change/guide/

Hi",

Thanks for the call back, as discussed there are inconsistencies between your news release and
ours- I apologise for the breakdown in communication there were a lot of changes going on yesterday,
the most up to date list is below (Vernon and Wendy now included)

Also, you mention that a name will be given when orange and red status warnings are issued. To
make sure we are consistent with each other, this statement also needs to include 'some yellow'.

In our press release today, we decided to use the phrase 'potential for significant impacts' rather than
the line around the warning category as we thought this would be simpler.

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I hope that makes sense,

Best regards,

2015-16
Abigail
Barney
Clodagh (Clo
-da
Desmond
Eva
Frank
Gertrude
Henry
Imogen
Jake
Katie
Lawrence
Mary
Nigel
Orla

Phil
Rhonda
Steve
Tegan
Vernon
Wendy

Press Officer and Meteorologist

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 _ Email: Website: www.metoffice.qov.uk
See our guide to climate change at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-change/guide/

20th Oct 2015
Thanks_

We've adjusted the list of names on the news article.

23rd October 2015

Sent: Friday, 23 October, 2015 10:12:05
Subject: Storms (again)

Hi_and_

From my point of view, I'm very pleased that there has already been some dialogue and sharing of
info/interpretation about the winds Sunday night/Monday, even though it's still some way off and
perhaps further ahead than we might usually think about warning details. You'll have to forgive us,
as we tend to get a little twitchy on Fridays if we see potential for severe weather late in the
weekend and before normal working hours resume on Mondays.

It's also good that we're using this dialogue to 'calibrate ourselves' early in the pilot scheme. For
instance, in this case there seems to be consensus for now (between. here and _ at your
end) that this is not the kind of thing we should be routinely naming, even if it ends up requiring a
'low key' ORANGE for some exposed Irish coastal areas. And it's very unlikely to require any warning
at all from us. Looking at things from my 'off-shift' and strategic perspective I'd agree with that-
what's important is our assessments of impacts rather than the colours themselves. We'd already
established that we (Met Office) might have some nameable YELLOW events (ie the higher impact
ones), and what we may have established here is that conversely you (Met Eireann) may have some
non-nameable ORANGE events. That's all perfectly acceptable, the defence being that the impacts
are either insufficiently widespread or severe.

So, without wishing to compromise our independent decision-making, can I suggest we hold off from
naming this one, even if you end up with some 'low key' ORANGEs? Of course if the models change
and there is greater extent of significant impacts, we can reassess as usual. Ideally we'd start the
scheme with something a bit more clear cut, for either you or us. Even more ideally we'd have
something affecting us both, but that may nothappen!

Happy to discuss further.

Cheers


23rd October 2015

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Sent: Friday, 23 October, 2015 15:,00:25
Subject: Re: Storms (again)

Hi.

Yes, good to see the dialogue beginning. I gather on our side was also in discussion
with your colleagues late last evening on this topic.

I reviewed this with _ this morning and there is nothing yet that would push us into naming
this storm. To clarify; our criteria will be to name storms that we think will reach Orange Status in
respect of winds over land. We (like yourselves) will get some systems that might warrant an
"occasional Force 10" in the Sea Area forecast, and, within the Meteoalarm system, we would be
giving an Orange colour to the coastal region off to the west or northwest or whatever. But we
would not be issuing a Status Orange warning for this; we would be issuing a maritime Storm
Warning instead.

Hope that this is clear! We are watching particularly closely in any case as Monday is a bank holiday
over here.

NOw by Thursday of next week, we could have a different situation!

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Best regards
Sent: Friday, 23 October, 2015 15:22:48
Subject: RE: Storms (again)

Yes that's all clear, thanks. I'd thought that was the case from. and _ conversation last
night, but just wanted to check. When I get the chance I'll update our procedures to reflect the
distinction between purely coastal Oranges and the 'Status Orange'.

Cheers