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Adopt a Vortex!

The allocation of highs and lows for 2016 started at September 16th 2015, 00.00 GMT+2.
The current lists for 2016 are released now! Have a look: Highs and Lows

You can find the current lists here: Highs and Lows

There are still attractive letters for Highs and Lows available!

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

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
KunibertHans-Joachim Kuhn
19. Nov 15
LauritzLauritz Hannes
22. Nov 15
MichelMichel Oelschlägel
24. Nov 15
NilsNils Fabrytzek
OscarOscar Motley
PhilippPhilipp Strelow (www.plisseero.de) allocated
QasimQasim Husain

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
UlrikeUlrike Bieritz
06. Nov 15
VivaViva Jung-Heiliger
12. Nov 15
WaltraudWaltraud Rechenberg
23. Nov 15
XenaFabian Wildgrube (www.forexhandel.org) allocated
YvonneKatrin Müller (www.seoroyal.de) allocated
ZitaAlexander Fischer (www.seoagentur-seorello.de) allocated (risky)

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

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