As predicted on Sunday, tonight’s developing low that zips across the country, has been finally named Aileen by the Met Office (fig 1). It has looked on the cards for the last couple of days, but the Met Office have been in their usual indecisive state of mind about whether to give it a name. I did joke in an earlier post today, that giving it a name, might give people the wrong impression about the source of the storm, which I’m sure the media will immediately link with the recent hurricane activity in the Caribbean, perhaps even with the long-lost remains of ex-Hurricane Harvey!
Although they have now extended their yellow warning area for strong wind further south (fig 1), I still think it’s not far south enough, trees are in full leaf and this could bring a lot of branches and boughs down. The same goes for the amber area, which again is a little too far north, if you believe the latest GFS run. I will make my usual plea at this point to the Met Office – please, please release the NWP model that you produce to the citizens of the UK who pay for it.