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When you live in Ireland, you don’t fear winter for its cold temperatures. You fear it for its wind storms. We come from a couple of windy days – around 55Kph, that are enough to slightly move your car sideways on the motorway and to cause ‘leaf storms’ when you cross bushy areas. Now Northern Ireland and the UK are expecting Storm Abigail, the first weather event named by the public. This of naming their storms is a new approach adopted by Ireland and the UK through a ‘name our storm’ pilot project that allows the public to christen forthcoming storms. The second wave of heavy winds should affect the rest of Ireland, instead, and has been named Barney.

Waiting for Barney… and other 20

IMG_4794“Abigail” should mainly affect the UK and will result in storm-force winds off the north west coast of Ireland. The rest of Ireland is considered safe – the usual yellow alarm, i.e. the lowest in the alarm range.

Nonetheless, a later event should affect us soon enough: the public have called this later storm by the name of Barney. I’m not sure if the next events will be named according to the Facebook and Twitter selection.

In the order, the winning names are as follows:  Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, Katie, Lawrence, Mary, Nigel, Orla, Phil, Rhonda, Steve, Tegan, Vernon and Wendy.

I wonder if we’ll spend our winter waiting for each and every one of these fellows…

For now, we have an unusual 15 Celsius degrees and still calm. Flying-car driving classes, anyone out there? 😉

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