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How hurricanes are named [Random Knowledge #5]
posted February 13 2013 20:11.19 by Giorgos Lazaridis

Ever wondered why hurricanes have these names? And who gives these names? Actually its the tropical storms that give the name to the hurricanes - if the storm turns into a hurricane! And who gives the name to the tropical storms? Originally storms were named by a system of latitudes and longitudes. But this was a rather bad idea, i mean, who remembers the hurricane 34.2313/23.2343 or whatever... It was the National Weather Service who first used female names for tropical storms back in 1953, and then in 1979 they started alternating names with men.

There are 6 lists of names which rotate once every year, so each list is used only once every 6 years. Each name on the list starts with a different letter. The first letter for the first hurricane of the season starts with the letter A, the next with the letter B and so on. The letters QUXYZ are not used.

Now, if a storm causes too many damage, the name will be replaced on the list with a new name for the next 6-years cycle. So, K will never be Katrina again...


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