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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Hurricane names

--posted by Tony Garcia on 9/20/2005

(H/T: Betsy's Page)
Here is a cool article about hurricane names.
Each year, 21 common names are reserved for Atlantic Basin hurricanes, with the list arranged alphabetically and skipping certain letters. Rita is the 17th named storm in the Atlantic Basin this year. There are only four left.

So what will officials do after tropical storm Wilma develops, assuming it does?

"We go to the Greek alphabet," said Frank Lepore, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.

Having a little deja vu about some of the names this year?
The twenty-one names reserved each year (the letters q, u, x, y and z are not used) are recycled every six years, minus those retired (such as Hugo and Andrew and, you can bet, Katrina). When a name is retired, the WMO chooses a new name to replace it.

Now, before you global warming theologues get started read the following:

The year with the most documented tropical storms was 1933, when there were 21 in the Atlantic Basin, but this was before hurricanes were routinely named.

Some studies have suggested that global warming may be causing increases in hurricane intensity and frequency, but many scientists are skeptical.


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