As Storm Aileen hits the UK, it’s interesting to learn that the reason the Met Office started naming weather disturbances was to increase public engagement through social media. Apparently, we are more likely to relate to a christened danger than one without a moniker.

If that’s so, and social media stats seem to indicate that it is, surely they should go one step further and give the storm a name that reflects its status and nature.

I give you:

Storm Boris: Blustery, probably harmless but may cause accidental damage

Storm Nigel: Should have died out quickly, but is lingering annoyingly

Storm Freddie: Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening

Storm Brexit: Welcomed by the majority who just ‘wanted a little rain for the garden’, only realising later that it creates widespread havoc and destruction




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