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Giving Weather a Personal Touch

Meteorologists at Freie Universität Assign Names to Weather Highs and Lows for the Year Ahead: Starting September 26, 2012

№ 270/2012 from Sep 24, 2012

As of Wednesday, September 26 at midnight, the meteorologists at Freie Universität Berlin will be taking orders to assign names to the weather highs and lows of the coming year. Anyone interested in paying for naming rights can sign up online at www.wetterpate.de. The proceeds will be used to fund the continuous weather observation by students at the Berlin-Dahlem station, which has been carried out continuously for more than 100 years. In 2013 the highs will be given female names and the lows male names. The prices will remain stable, at 299 euros for highs and 199 euros for lows.

Since 1954 the meteorologists at the Berlin weather station at the Institute of Meteorology at Freie Universität Berlin have been giving names to high and low pressure areas over Central Europe. Since 2002 the naming process has been open to anyone through the Adopt a Vortex program. Participating individuals support the continuation of the weather observation in Berlin-Dahlem, up to now one of the longest weather series worldwide.

A sponsorship is a popular and original 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. How could anyone forget Katarzyna, Dieter, Xenja, and Xerxes, who have already added a personal touch to the weather map in Europe? More than 1800 individuals from 15 European and other countries including Brazil, Japan, and the United States have already participated in the naming scheme.

The names of the weather sponsors appear in many different media. Both the students and faculty of the institute 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.

Further Information

  • Katrin Krüger, Julia Sieland, Paul Heger, Institute of Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-71226, Email: wetterpate@met.fu-berlin.de
  • Petra Grasse, Thomas Dümmel, Institute of Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)3 / 838-71222