As Hurricane Harvey churns in the Gulf of Mexico and heads toward Texas, here’s some random stuff I learned about hurricanes.
In a section of its website hilariously titled “Can I have a tropical cyclone named for me?” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some interesting tidbits about the names for hurricanes. The website also has a list of names for storms set for the rest of the year, should they occur, which would be named:
These names are part of a list that is repeated every few years in order to name storms. So the list used in 2017, for example, will be used again in 2023, and 2018’s list will be used again in 2024, and so on. Should there be more storms than names listed for a given year, the NOAA says storm names will be generated from the Greek alphabet. And should a named storm be particularly deadly or destructive, such as Andrew or Katrina, the name will be retired from the lists and replaced.
Here’s the NOAA’s retired hurricane names amassed since 2000:
A reminder to Harvey: Don’t mess with Texas.
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