MADRID – The Spanish weather service Aemet, together with the French Meteo-France, the Portuguese weather service IMPA, Luxembourg and since 2020 also the Belgian KMI, has announced the designations for the storms 2022-2023. In 2017, the National Weather Services set out to come up with names for the storms (codes orange and red) that are sweeping across the countries. This was done following the example of other European countries and the United States so that the population can more easily think of a storm.
For the storm season September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023 The weather services of Spain, Portugal, France, Luxembourg and Belgium have come up with the following names: Armand, Béatrice, Claudio, Denise, Efraín, Fien, Gérard, Hannelore, Isaack, Juliette, Kamiel, Larisa, Mathis, Noa, Oscar, Patricia, Rafael, Sarah, Tiago, Valérie, Waid.
In 2017 came up with the then three national weather services of Spain, Portugal and France names given to the storms in alphabetical order and alternately female and male. They were Ana, Bruno, Carmen, David, Emma, Félix, Gisele, Hugo, Irene, José, Katia, Leo, Marina, Nuno, Olivia, Pierre, Rosa, Samuel, Telma, Vasco and Wiam.
In 2018 the names for the storms were Adrian, Beatriz, Carlos, Diana, Etienne, Glora, Gabriel, Helena, Isaias, Julia, Kyllian, Laura, Miguel, Nicole, Oscar, Patricia, Roberto, Sara, Teo, Vanessa and Walid and in 2019 the names were Amelie, Bernardo, Cecilia, Daniel, Elsa, Fabien, Gloria, Herve, Ines, Jorge, Karine, Leon, Myriam, Norberto, Odette, Prosper, Raquel, Simon, Teresa, Valentín and Wanda.
In 2020 the names for the storms were: Alex, Barbara, Clement, Dora, Ernest, Filomena, Gaeten, Hortense, Ignacio, Justine, Karim, Lola, Mathieu, Nadia, Octave, Paula, Rodrigo, Sofia, Tristan, Viviane, Walter. In 2021 were the names for the storms: Aurore, Blas, Celia, Diego, Evelyn, Fabio, Georgia, Hans, Isabel, Jean-Louis, Konstantina, Lucas, Marjane, Nikolai, Odalys, Paris, Rada, Stefano, Taimi, Vladimir and Wallis .
For the storm season 2022-2023, the weather services of Spain, Portugal, France, Luxembourg and Belgium have come up with the following names: Armand, Béatrice, Claudio, Denise, Efraín, Fien, Gérard, Hannelore, Isaack, Juliette, Kamiel, Larisa, Mathis, Noa, Oscar, Patricia, Rafael, Sarah, Tiago, Valérie, Waid.
Spain belongs to the southwest group which is formed by Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Portugal and Spain as part of the partnership EUMETNET, a network of European National Meteorological Services. EUMETNET aims for a system developed with storm names for all of Europe. Currently there are five active groups in Europe. The west group consists of The Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland because in the Netherlands most storms come from the west.
In the northern group to sit Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Since 2021, there are also two new groups around the Mediterranean. The central group of Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Malta. And the southeast group of Greece, Cyprus and Israel. Each group has its own list of names, but if the storm moves from one area to another, it will keep its first given name. Germany does not belong to any group, they have a commercial storm naming system since 2009 (storm Klaus).
By the way, the website says of the Dutch KNMI also an overview of the names that are given to storms code orange and red in the Netherlands, Ireland and Great Britain, namely: Antoni, Betty, Cillian, Daisy, Elliot, Fleur, Glen, Hendrika, Íde, Johanna, Khalid, Loes, Mark, Nelly, Owain, Priya, Ruadhán, Sam, Tobias, Val and Wouter. As with the Spanish names, the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used to comply with international conventions for storm names.