Why do we name hurricanes and name them alphabetically and why did they name them origianlly with female names only?
#19535. Asked by Charles. (Jun 01 02 10:02 AM)
Ships generally get female names as well. The general quip is that their called 'hurricanes' and not 'himmicanes'. But that's changed since there are now Male names assigned to hurricanes. I suppose it's alphabetical just for organization.|
Reason to name hurricanes |
Experience shows that the use of short, distinctive given names in written as
well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error than the
older more cumbersome latitude-longitude identification methods.
History of Hurricane Names
Hurricanes used to named after the particular saint's day on which the hurricane
Clement Wragge, an Australian meteorologist began giving women's names to tropical
storms before the end of the l9th century.
In 1953, the United States weather services began using female names for storms.
The practice of naming hurricanes solely after women ended in 1978 when men and
women's names were included in the Eastern North Pacific storm lists.
For a lot more interesting information, see:
To add to BB's answer the names are both alpabetical and chronological |
the first hurricane of the season is A (say Ann) the second B(bonnie)and
so on. The lists runs on a 6 year cycle and several names have been retired,
such as Andrew and Hugo, at which time new names are added. The first 3 for
the 2002 season are Arthur,Bertha and Cristobal
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