Friday, October 21, 2005

Who names the Hurricanes???

For sometime now, I had known that the Hurricanes in US are named alphabetically. There was still one question unanswered "Who names the Hurricanes?". I did not bother to research more after my friend who has deep interests in the geological changes et al told me that its just the media that names it.

Today, I was checking on the latest Hurricane Wilma on the weather channel and CNN, when I stumbled upon the website of National Hurricane Center of United States. I found loads of information on hurricanes, the most deadliest, costliest and intense hurricanes in the US.

I also found, now the actual and true info on how they name the hurricanes. They have 6 lists of names, each list has names starting with 21 different alphabets. This lists gets used over and over again, i.e. a list used in 2005 will be used again in 2011.The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity. Recent removals from the list are from 2004 - Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne. Following the trend, Katrina will definitely be axed out after this year.

Now, the one info that did not surprise me...The lists featured only women's names until 1979, when men's and women's names were alternated. Typical US Style...huh.

For more info check out this link on Hurricane Names


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At 10:37 AM, October 22, 2005, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Good link and I liked the live shot of Wilma.!! Wonder how you did that.!

I was talking to a friend of mine..and was asking her why the top hurricanes this year were all women??

Katrina, Rita and now Wilma.!!

LOL :)

At 5:04 PM, October 22, 2005, Blogger Rags said...

Narayanan sir - Its just a animated gif, I got from CNN site, It looks real because Wilma is hovering in the same place for the past 9 hrs.

At 9:42 PM, October 23, 2005, Blogger Shiva said...

rags, cool info..

so do you think it is just sheer coincidence that initially they named the hurricanes just after women ?!

At 8:36 AM, October 24, 2005, Blogger praveen said...

Srinivaas Ur comment on US accent in tamilnadu schoolgirls speaking english and tht Kamal learn US english accent was a good one !!!!!

It really is a matter of interospection!

At 10:45 AM, October 24, 2005, Blogger Rags said...

Praveen - Thanks...

Shiva - I call it chauvinism...Going by this..another 10 years they will have a Madam President.

At 1:10 AM, October 25, 2005, Blogger Ram.C said...

I was looking for some sort of reasoning behind the hurricane names.. thanks for the link man..

At 9:00 PM, October 27, 2005, Blogger Eshwar said...

dude...thats a kewl piece of info. I suppose we too in india should start naming the storms after women like Jaya, Mayawati, Uma, Sushma, mamta, etc !!

At 10:55 PM, October 27, 2005, Blogger kalai said...

my friends and i were discussing wat if we had something like this in india..."munusami' indru karai kadandhar!!! :)))))

At 11:58 PM, October 27, 2005, Blogger Rags said...

Ram - Glad to hear that.
Vke - We should save those names for prayalam time cyclones..the more devastating you see.
Kalai - lol ;)

At 3:02 AM, October 28, 2005, Blogger Nanyaar? said...

hey Rags,

great space down here.. I have been wondering about that for a while now.. thanx for the Input!!

Read that article on your Perriyappa.. really wow.

Adding to Kalai.. I think it wud be more like.. Hurricane "Karupaiee"

Happy atleast India Doesnot have to face a crisis like this Coz even a well informed country like America is Fumbling in effort measures.

At 1:29 PM, October 28, 2005, Blogger Rags said...

nanyaar - Thanks dude for the compliment and Welcome to my Blog. Hoping see you around...


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