Sunday, September 11, 2005

Female Hurricanes Until 1979

Did you realize that it was only during 1979 that The National Hurricane Center became "equal" in naming hurricanes with men's and women's names?

Here is an excerpt from the weather.com channel's explanation on how hurricanes are named.


2005 Hurricane Names

weather.com
June 1, 2005; 12:00 a.m. ET



In 1953, The National Hurricane Center began naming storms, rather than relying on the old system of map coordinates for identification. Originally, all storms were named for women, but, starting in 1979, men's and women's names were alternated.

An international committee of the World Meteorological Organization now creates and maintains the annual lists. Names are used on a six-year rotation, meaning the 2005 list will come up again in 2011. (See this year's hurricane season outlook) Names of especially damaging and deadly storms are retired. From the 2004 list, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne -- four major hurricanes that struck Florida -- will not reappear when the list returns in 2010.

On this year's list, Franklin and Lee replace Floyd and Lenny, which were retired in 1999.

For 2005, Atlantic tropical storms will be named:


Arlene

Bret

Cindy

Dennis

Emily

Franklin

Gert

Harvey

Irene

Jose

Katrina

Lee

Maria

Nate

Ophelia


Philippe

Rita

Stan

Tammy

Vince

Wilma


Bolded storms have already emerged. We have 6 storm names left on this list. What happens when Wilma comes around?