It’s Your Choice: High or Low

Berlin Weather Map Association and Freie Universität Award Naming Rights for 2018 - Starting September 13, 2017, 00:00

No 235/2017 from Sep 11, 2017

Eleven days before the German federal elections, weather fans have another choice to make: high or low? The meteorologists at the nonprofit association Berliner Wetterkarte e. V. and Freie Universität Berlin are once again awarding weather sponsorships for the coming year. The proceeds will be used to continue the 110-year climate series at the Berlin-Dahlem station. The weather monitoring is part of the practical training of meteorology students. Their observations make it possible for the world’s longest climate series to be passed on to the internationally reporting weather station at the university. In 2018 high pressure zones will be given male first names and low pressure zones female names. The basic prices will remain constant at 299 euros for highs and 199 euros for lows; in both cases 19 percent VAT is added. More information is available on the website: www.met.fu-berlin.de/adopt-a-vortex/ .

The meteorologists at the Berlin weather station at the Institute of Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, have been giving names to high and low pressure areas over Central Europe for more than 60 years. Since 2002 the naming process has been open to anyone through the Adopt a Vortex program.

A sponsorship is a popular and rather unique gift for Christmas, birthdays, or other special occasions. Some weather patrons use it as an opportunity to publicize an interesting but not widely known first name. This year some of the more unusual names given to high and low pressure zones were Nilüfer, Inbeom, Walrita, and Vesna. Some of the names will be remembered simply for the weather they brought: At the beginning of May, the high named Dankmar brought the first hot summer temperatures of 30° C and higher, and in June the summer weather continued with the high Concha. The lows Rasmund and Alfred led to flooding and extraordinary amounts of rain in many places.

Many media utilize the names in their weather reports. Anka and Albert were the first names of pressure zones to be printed in Berlin newspapers on November 1, 1954. Both the students and faculty of the Berlin weather station and the Institute of Meteorology hope that this will continue into the future because the continuous weather observation is only possible with funding secured through the participation of the public and the use of the names in the media. So far more than 2500 individuals from 15 European and other countries including Brazil, Japan, South Africa, and the United States have already participated in the naming scheme.


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