It may seem silly to namehurricane and tropical storms but there is a reason to the madness. Tropical Storms are formed when wind speeds reach 39 mph and Hurricanes are formed whenwinds reach 74 mph.So, why name them? The reason is simple, so that forecasters can keep track of them when there are numerous storms at one time. Below is the list of names for the 2014 Atlantichurricane season.
A few of these names may sound familiar and that is because names are recycled. There is an exception to this and that is when a storm is so devastating, its name gets retired.
Otherwise, every 6 years, the names continue to cycle through.
Until late in the 1940s, hurricanes were not officially named . Only the most severe hurricanes were given names, and they were often named for the place they did the most damage, such as the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, or the time they hit, such as the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. In 1953 names were given to tropical storms and hurricanes but only female names were used until 1979, when males names started being used.
In case you’re wondering what happens when there are more than 26 names and the alphabet is exhausted? In that case, we will use the Greek alphabet.
This happened during the busy hurricane season in 2005. Now you know!
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