What's up with the hurricanes?
From: "David K"
Who actually gives hurricanes their names? Is there
some kind of World Meteorological organization that presides over
this responsibility? If so, is there just one guy who makes this
decision, or is there a committee of people who have to have a
meeting and then take a vote on the name? Also, aren't they going to
run out of names that begin with the letter "I", for example, or can
they keep re-using names from past years?
(side note: it doesn't seem fair that they always start with the
letter "A" every year. Since they never seem to get 26 tropical
storms in a single year, there will never be a tropical storm
Yolanda or Zelda).
Catt responded with this:
Hurricanes actually get their names before they
become a hurricane. The National Weather Service (NWS) has a set
list if names before the season begins. When an Atlantic tropical
cyclone has winds associated with it that are below 38 mph it is
called a "tropical depression". When winds associated with the storm
exceed 38 mph, the storm is called a "tropical storm". At this point
the storm is given a name, despite not being a hurricane. When winds
reach 74 mph, then it is officially a Hurricane. The NWS simply
follows an alphabetical list. If the tropical storm does not reach
hurricane status, it still maintains it's name, and the next letter
is always used for the next storm
KJ gave us this information:
There really is some kind of committee to name
hurricanes. I not exactly sure but I know a group of people set out
a list of names to call hurricanes that year. It started back around
WWII i think when pilots started naming them after women they knew.
Also the names alternate from boy to girl.
Whats a better way to honor your loved one than name a large
swirling mass of destruction and mayhem after them.
Catt gave us this website:
ahh damn here's the website for the names
Xach gave us this little bit of information:
Being from a family with a meteorologist in it I can
say that there is a International Weather Organization, and it is
them that come up with the names not just one person. The they start
at A for the simple fact that there are a lot of dumb people out
there, and to make there lives easier. Because with a simple glance
they can tell how many storms there have been. Instead of having to
figure out what letter they started with, then figure out what
letter they're on and count from there.
and yes after a while they can use the same name more then once but
that will be many years from now.
and as far as the side note I think at one time there was a 'Y' name
for the women out there they do alternate from male to female names
(also to give more name options)
Finally I know this wasn't asked but I feel the need to share it,
they also name Tsunamis
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