PEARTREE LIFE: Experiencing Languages

Name a Storm!


If there is anything that can affect student attendance, apart from sickness, family and work, it is the weather! This week one student told us: ‘I did not come yesterday because it was very rainy’. You can understand. Umbrella and wellies are essential equipment of anyone living in this part of the world. 

So what have we experienced over the past few weeks in Cardiff? Rain, flooding and gales. The whistling of loud wind often heard in the office. Parts of our beautiful Bute Park, stretching across Cardiff, were transformed into lakes. We have had 2 storms, Ciara and Dennis, and are expecting another one – Ellen - this weekend!

What about the names? The Met Office started naming storms back in 2014 with the first being Abigail on 10 November 2015. #NameOurStorms is a campaign by the Met office who ''chooses the names but they're asking for members of the public to help by suggesting new names.'' Since 2016 they have got more than 10,000 name suggestions! 
Why name a storm? According to the Met Office, a name will make people '' more aware'' of a big storm and make it easier to track its progress in the media. Male and female names alternate. Interestingly, studies show that storms with female names are more likely to hurt people than those with male names. Scientists think that it has to do with people finding female names less threatening. The image below shows the names for 2019 and 2020:


What would you call a storm?

Source:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/34581210
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Peartree Languages is a language school located in Cardiff.

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