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Adopt a Vortex!

The allocation of highs and lows for 2017 will start on September 07th 2016, 00.00 GMT+2.

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
ElisabethElisabeth Göttel
23. Okt 16
FlorentineFlorentine Olbort
26. Okt 16
GisiGisela Müller
28. Okt 16
HuschHusch Josten (www.huschjosten.de) allocated
IlkaIlka Krauß
JuliaJulia Rosenbaum
KarinKarin Tueschen

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
OttoOtto Bulle
25. Sep 16
PeterPeter Buschbeck
01. Okt 16
QuinnPeter Wedde
26. Okt 16
RafaelRafael Antunez Baumann
SiegfriedSiegfried von Lauvenberg
ThomasThomas Weiß
UweUwe Scholz

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

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