Random hurricane knowledge

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:

Irma
Jose
Katia
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney

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:

Keith
Allison
Iris
Michelle
Isidore
Lili
Fabian
Isabel
Juan
Charley
Frances
Ivan
Jeanne
Dennis
Katrina
Rita
Stan
Wilma
Dean
Felix
Noel
Gustav
Ike
Paloma
Igor
Tomas
Irene
Sandy
Ingrid
Erika
Joaquin
Matthew
Otto

A reminder to Harvey: Don’t mess with Texas.


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