FAQs about Hurricanes

12. How are the names of the hurricanes chosen?

At the beginning of the 19th century hurricanes were named according to the saints’ day, the day when the hurricane manifested its greatest devastation. At the end of the 19th century, the Australian meteorologist Clement Wragge baptized for the first time one of these storms with a female name, although retaining only biblical names. In 1953, in the United States they decided to choose any name, but always as a woman. In 1979, the World Meteorological Organization and the Meteorological Service of the United States, to avoid problems with feminists, decided to alternate female and male names and thus ended the sexist polemic. Since then every year a list is prepared, which is repeated every 6 years, in alphabetical order, starting again with the “A” every year. So, we could have: Alex, Betty, Charles, Daniella, Eduard, etc. Finally, there is an agreement to exclude the names of catastrophic cyclones, which have caused great mortality and devastation.

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