On September 1, 2022, begins the new 2022-2023 storm naming season in the North Atlantic. The list of names from A to Z is now available and is valid from September 1, 2022 until August 31 of 2023.
In the last 2021-2022 season IPMA, as the portuguese meteorological autority, named depressions CÉLIA and EVELYN.
Depression CÉLIA started on March 13, 2022 and mainly affected the Madeira Archipelago, between the 13th and 15th, with strong wind, heavy hail showers, thunderstorms, snowfall in Island highest points, minimum temperature of 10°C in Funchal and swell up to 8 m. In mainland Portugal, the passage of this depression was marked by an high concentration of desert dust wich covered the sky, with deposition on the surface and records of poor or even poor air quality in some parts of the country, this was egistered on the 15th, 16th and 17th March.
Depression EVELYN was also named by IPMA on 8 April 2022, and affected the Azores Archipelago with strong wind (gusts up to 120 km/h), heavy precipitation, thunderstorms and sea waves (waves up to 7 m).
We clarify that it´s given a name to all depressions that give rise to an orange or red wind warning (from 91km/h) in the international meteorological warning system (Meteoalarm). Thus, the first country to issue a depression name warning, following the list, informs the remaining countries, which should keep the name.
Depressions resulting from tropical cyclones retain the name initially given by the National Hurricane Center (NHC/NOAA), EUA.
Naming depressions is a joint project of the meteorological services of Europe, which aims to alert the public to risky meteorological situations, promote international communication and facilitate the study of meteorological situations on a continent-wide scale.
IPMA belongs to the southwest group (SW) together with the meteorological services of Spain (AEMET), France (Météo-France), Belgium (RMI) and Luxembourg (MeteoLux). This list was made following a coordination protocol at European level and in close collaboration with the western group (W), which includes the meteorological services of England (MetOffice), Ireland (Met-Éireann) and the Netherlands (KNMI).
We emphasize the fact that a depressions to which a name was given (because it causes very strong wind in a certain region of Europe) may have other or even no impacts on portuguese territory. On the other hand, since wind intensity is the criterion for naming the depression, it is possible for storms to occur which have not been named, but may still have associated precipitation, thunderstorms, snowfall or sea waves, with a significant impact in our country and results in the issuance of weather warnings.