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Adopt a Vortex!

The team of Adopt a Vortex wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012

The allocation of highs and lows for 2015 started at September 24th 2015, 00.00 GMT+2.

The current lists for 2015 are released now! You can find the lists here: Highs and Lows

Please send us the application form (Lows and Highs) via fax, post or e-mail.

In 2015, highs obtain female names and lows are male. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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In 2014, highs obtain male names and lows are female.
There are still attractive letters for Highs and Lows available!

ATTENTION: As from 2014 all adoptions are liable to value added tax (VAT)! The basic charges keep at 199€ for lows and 299€ for highs.


"Adopt-a-vortex" celebrates 10th anniversary!

For 10 years everybody can name highs and lows! The first time somebody did so was the low pressure system "Yvonne" which was baptized at November 21st, 2002. At November 25th, 2002 high pressure system "Werner" followed!

Over 1800 participants from 15 European countries plus Brazil, Japan and the United States have already been adopted as clients.

We thank everyone who so far took part at "adopt-a-vortex"! Because of the adoptions we were able to continue the weather observation by students (which celebrated 10th anniversary in March 2012) and the climate row at the Institute of Meteorology of the Free University of Berlin.


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You can find the "Geburtstagswetterkarte" (birthday weather map) of the "Berliner Wetterkarte" here.


Giving names to high and low pressure systems has a long tradition: Since 1954, the Institute of Meteorology of the Free University of Berlin names Highs and Lows which influence the weather in middle Europe. Those names are used by meteorological services and you can see them in weather briefings in newspapers, on radios and at television.

Weather report Berliner Tagesspiegel    Weather report n-tv    Weather report Sat1
Weather report Berliner Tagesspiegel, n-tv and Sat1 Television

With Adopt-a-Vortex everybody is able to participate in the naming process. This is not only for entertainment purposes, but it has a very serious reason! Every adoption means to enable the continuation of climate observation and the comprehensive weather observation by students, which is carried out at the Institute of Meteorology of the Free University of Berlin, Euro by Euro.

Of course supporting this initiative does not mean that you really influence the weather itself, but you can leave your signature on the weather charts. After the high or low has vanished from the weather charts, every client of ours gets a ‘Post Mortem Documentation’ consisting of a certificate, weather chart of the ‘day of birth’, an individual life story and a ‘Berliner Wetterkarte’ for his or her vortex. So give joy to yourself or loved ones!

In even years, highs obtain male names and lows are female. In uneven years it is the opposite.

And this is the way to adopt a Vortex!

Please read the information about the procedure and mind our general rules when you file an application.

We would be quite pleased if you frequently use this opportunity to adopt a vortex for the continuation of the uninterrupted “Berliner Klimareihe” (Berliner Record of climate). It is also an important contribution for the training of students of meteorology.

In the following table you can see the current situation: The given names, their adopters and the ‘day of birth’. Free names are indicated by their first letters and also have the status ‘free’.


Given Name or Free Letter AdopterState or Day of Namegiving
DorisWilfried Eichhorn12. Dez 14
EngelAndrea Engel Trommer
15. Dez 14
FreiaFreia Then
19. Dez 14
GerlindeGerlinde Kolesa
HiltrudHiltrud Peper
IndiraIndira Seremet
JanineJanine Kohlheim

List of all names given to Lows and free letters in 2014
Lists of all given names


Given Name or Free Letter AdopterState or Day of Namegiving
RobinRobin Olbrecht-Cichecki
11. Nov 14
StefanStefan Lehner
08. Dez 14
ThueThue Thuesen
19. Dez 14
UlfUlf L.
VincentWouter Meijer
WolfWolf-Rüdiger Hasse (www.hasse-kunstverlag.de) allocated
XavierDaniel Liebhaber (www.farblinsen-shop.com) allocated

List of all names given to Highs and free letters in 2014
Lists of all given names

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