How do hurricanes get there name?
Naming the Big Storms The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)’s site explains that the first use of a proper name for a tropical cyclone was by an Australian forecaster early in the 20th century. Hurricane news & updates He gave tropical cyclone names “after political figures whom he disliked. By properly naming a hurricane, the weatherman could publicly describe a politician (who perhaps was not too generous with weather-bureau appropriations) as ‘causing great distress’ or ‘wandering aimlessly about the Pacific.'” During World War II, US Army Air Corp and Navy meteorologists named Pacific storms after their girlfriends or wives. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the women were happy with having terrible cyclones named after them! From 1950 to 1952, tropical cyclones, including hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean, were identified by the standard radio names: Able; Baker; Charlie;… etc., but in 1953 the US Weather Bureau switched back to women’s na