Jilly, yes, I agree that it is cool to think we're surrounding the world in meditation!
This is the first time I remember our own named storm. It came from the north-west, from Scotland before us. It was the most rain at one time in 14 years, lots of flooding but our village was okay, water was at the top of our local canal 5 houses from us up the street.
Usually we get the remnants of hurricanes that have come up the east coast of America and then south of Greenland and to Iceland, Scotland and The Netherlands ...
So far this winter we haven't had any frost and the birds are singing and mating, Spring bulbs are up, my aconites are blooming, plus roses haven't quit from last summer. We haven't had any frost,even. This morning it is 50F out.