As I was checking out the news today, I found out about Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf. I have no idea how I would ever be able to live in an area that is prone to hurricanes...I would be a nervous wreck all the time. Since we live near the mountains, I don't have to worry....too much. We did have a tiny twister thingy up the road a bit that actually did do a little bit of damage...nothing like what the hurricanes do though.
Anyway...so I was thinking about how hurricanes are named. So I did a little bit of research and this is what I found out.
Hurricanes used to be named by the latitude and longitude where they were located. This way was hard for people to follow. In 1953, it was decided to change to names so people could follow the storms easier. The National Weather Service followed what the Navy was doing and started naming the storms after women. In 1979, mens' names were added to the list.
There are several different lists for different areas. For the Atlantic area there are 6 different lists which rotate. Names of the huge and devastating storms are not used again...for example, Hurricane Katrina will not be used again.
For a tropical depression to be named it has to become a tropical storm first. Once that happens, the next name on the list will be assigned to that storm. If all the names are used during the hurricane season then Greek names will be used...Hurricane Alpha, Hurricane Beta, etc. Let's hope that we don't go through the list and have to go the Greek names!
Here's the Hurricane Name List for 2007
- Humberto...this sounds like a hurricane name!
- Tanya.........I wonder if we could get this one changed to "Crazy Tanya" in honor of my friend Crazy Tanya??