Why do storms have names?

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Storms are a kind of bad weather, usually made up of strong winds and rain or hail. They can cause lots of damage by blowing bits off buildings and trees, causing water to overflow from rivers and streams, or making huge sea-waves that crash onto the land.

Storms happen every year and are a normal part of the weather here on Earth. But some storms are stronger than others; the stronger the storm, the more damage it could cause. So, scientists have come up with a way to keep track of them – let’s find out how they do it…

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Will it snow?

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My daughter was hoping for a white Christmas but, given that we live in the warm, south-western corner of England, the chances of snow each winter are small and the likelihood of snow on Christmas Day is even lower. And even though we’ve had days when it’s been cold enough for ice to form on the car windscreen, I don’t think we’ve seen any snowfall for a year or two. So, what has to happen for it to snow?

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Why is it cold in Winter?

The approach of the Winter solstice provides a good opportunity to answer this question about the weather.

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The British climate is ‘temperate’ which means that, whilst some times of the year that are warmer or cooler than others, it never gets really, really hot or really, really cold. Each year is divided into four seasons and each season has a typical kind of weather.

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