A journalists’ group has named a low pressure system bringing low temperatures, dark clouds and snow to Germany after the boy’s name of Turkish origin in an effort to increase the visibility of the country’s increasingly diverse population.
Ahmet will be followed by low pressure systems with Arabic, Kurdish and Greek names such as Cemal, Goran, Hakim and Dimitrios. The high-pressure systems reaching Germany early this year will be called Bożena, Chana or Dragica, names with Polish, Hebrew and south Slavic roots.
In Germany, naming weather systems is not the sole province of meteorologists. Anyone can participate: naming a sunny high costs €360 (£325), while rainy lows cost only €240.
To make the weather news more cross-cultural, the New German Media Makers, an association representing journalists with diverse backgrounds, bought a number of lows and a few highs for the beginning of the new year, said Ferda Ataman, the head of the group.