The Met Office has revealed which names have made it onto the list of storm names for 2021-22.

A “whirlwind” relative, a “quick-as-lightning” goalkeeper, and a daughter who “leaves a trail of destruction” all feature among names of friends, family members and pets.  

The Met Office received more than 10,000 suggestions of names to be added to the list for the strongest weather systems set to be recognised in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands in the coming year.

The first storm of the year, which runs from September 2021 to the end of August 2022, will be called Arwen, a name thought to be of Welsh origin and popularised by JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings books.

Names put forward by the UK public and chosen by the Met Office, as well as Met Eireann and Dutch national weather forecasting service the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) included Kim, Logan, Ruby and Dudley.

A Met Office spokesman said Kim was nominated in recognition of a “whirlwind” relative and a self-confessed weather watcher, while Logan, a name of Scottish origin, was nominated by several parents and grandparents, including a mention of a grandson who “runs through the house like a tornado” and another who is “as quick as lightning” when playing as a goalkeeper.

Ruby made the final cut after being nominated by a pet owner whose cat “comes in and acts like a storm” and a parent whose daughter “leaves a trail of destruction” when she enters the house.

Dudley came out on top when included in a poll of seven other names beginning with D on Twitter after it was submitted by a couple who will share the last name of Dudley when they get married in 2022.

Other names on the list, which does not use names beginning with Q, U, X, Y or Z, include Barra, Corrie, Eunice, Franklin, Gladys, Herman, Imani, Jack, Meabh, Nasim, Olwen, Pol, Sean, Tineke, Vergil and Willemien.

Herald Series: A-Z of storm names 2021-22. (PA)A-Z of storm names 2021-22. (PA)

Storms have been named for a few years now, making this year the seventh time in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The idea of naming storms aims to raise awareness of the potential impact of severe weather events and to help people stay safe and protect themselves and their property before the storm arrives.

Storms will be named when they are deemed to cause medium or high impacts from strong winds, rain or snow.

The 2020-21 storm season saw the UK hit by five Met Office named storms, with the latest, Storm Evert, sweeping across southern areas of England and Wales at the end of July, bringing gusty winds and some persistent rain, after the UK’s joint fifth warmest July on record.

In Europe, heavy rainfall in July led to severe flooding in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

The floods caused at least 184 deaths in Germany and 38 in Belgium. It also caused devastation to homes, roads, railway lines and businesses.

Will Lang, head of the National Severe Weather Warning Service at the Met Office, said: “We’re all aware of some of the severe weather that has been witnessed across Europe and globally in recent months and we work to use any tool at our disposal to ensure the public is informed of potential risks, and naming storms is just one way we do that.”

KNMI director-general Gerard van der Steenhoven said: “Storms are not confined to national borders – it makes a lot of sense to give common names to such extreme weather events.”