What’s in a name?

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Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, and Katie’s next (according to the list).  From 10 November 2015 through to the 2 March 2016 the Met Office named 10 storms.  The naming was to help the “public be better placed to keep themselves, their property and business safe”.  It certainly prompted some debate especially for those in the Outer Isles, Orkney and Shetland that hardly noticed any abatement in the wind between Gertrude on 28 Jan and Imogen on the 8 Feb.  The Met in many ways are to be applauded because it certainly brought a focus to the British obsession with the weather but, like the News at 10, it necessarily focuses on the bad aspects (although there is a certain beauty in a storm), of damage and distress.
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So perhaps we should start naming the highs, and the 1039  just off Shetland is certainly producing some tranquil weather over Sleat in the South East of Skye.  Barely a ripple on the Sound; Eigg, Rhum and the headland sharply silhouetted as the sun fades and the first daffodil opened in the garden.  Time to sit back and enjoy the vista with a glass of red (purely to match the mood of course).

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