Phillip’s Weather Trivia: Who names hurricanes
There is a reusable 6 year list of hurricanes names. Who comes up with the list?
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Hurricane season runs June through November. Every season there is a predetermined list of names used for tropical storms and hurricanes. Did you ever wonder where the list of names comes from? Each basin has its own list of names. For example, the Eastern Pacific has a list. The Western Pacific has a list. The Indian Ocean and so on. Here is today’s Phillip’s Weather Trivia question:
I can offer you a hint. Remember that hurricanes affect many different countries, so it is unlikely one organization representing one country would get to name these storm systems. So, what do you think? See the answer below.
Each year there is a list of names which has been decided upon at the World Meteorologist Organization. A 6 year list has been approved to be reused forever, however, if a storm causes catastrophic damage and loss of life, that name will be retired. Hazel, Floyd, Florence, Camille, Sandy, Katrina, and Andrew are just a few of the names which have been retired. The list has 21 names and doesn’t use less common letters of the alphabet. Seven names represent English speaking areas, 7 for Spanish, and 7 for French. This shows a balance of representation for the island nations where French and Spanish are the predominant languages. - Phillip Williams
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