An alternative colour coding systems for storms this autumn and winter
Serious column inches and radio and television air time has been given over to the level of weather warning assigned by Met Eireann to Storm Ali.
At present there are four colour coded warnings in ascending seriousness - Green (Grand), Yellow (Windy Enough), Orange (Be careful out there) and Red (Don't step outside the door).
While this works well most of the time, we reckon you could add a few more colours to make it easier for people to understand the true scale of the approaching storm.
Beige Weather Warning - No weather at all really. Bland, boring. More or less a usual Irish day.
Greige Weather Warning - You won't see the sun at all today, just a blanket of cloud (and Greige is a colour. Look it up)
Yellow Weather Warning - A bit of disruption but the trees in your front garden and the roof on the shed should be grand.
Purple Weather Warning - The gap between a lower level Yellow Warning and a higher level Orange Warning is huge. We need to fill that gap with a colour a bit more threatening that Yellow but not as foreboding as Orange. Purple will turn your umbrella inside out, will have you covered in leaves but shouldn't do too much harm.
Orange Weather Warning - It's the middle ground at the minute but it can cause serious problems. It's going to be rough
Terracota Weather Warning - This would have done the job yesterday. A bit stronger than Orange but you don't want people locking themselves in their homes for the day. You just want them to realise there is a real risk.... and that they should not be gathering in their thousands in a field in Offaly
Red Weather Warning - Same as it is now. Batten down the hatches and wait for the storm to pass.
Black Weather Warning - This would grab people's attention but is strictly reserved for the end of days with tsunamis, hurricanes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding down the street