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posted by martyb on Wednesday September 29, @12:20AM   Printer-friendly
from the what's-in-a-name? dept.

We’re about to run out of Atlantic hurricane names:

It has been another record-setting hurricane season in the Atlantic basin, with a total of 19 named storms so far. It has been so busy that, with still more than two months to go until the season's end, the National Hurricane Season is probably going to run out of names for the second year in a row.

Currently in the Atlantic, Hurricane Sam is rampaging across open waters. Fortunately this major hurricane is unlikely to threaten any landmasses. Behind Sam, it's possible that Victor and Wanda will form during the next few days. Neither of these storms, either, poses any immediate threat to land.

If they do form, these two storms would exhaust the allotment of "official" names the National Hurricane Season uses for tropical storms and hurricanes. (Because the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z are not commonly used for names, they don't appear on the list of Atlantic names). In years past, the Miami-based hurricane center would then start assigning Greek letters for excess named storms.

[...] And so after last season, the World Meteorological Organization—which is designated by the United Nations to handle weather issues—decided to create a supplemental list of names in lieu of the Greek alphabet. These storm names, beginning with Adria, Braylen, and Caridad, will come into play this year if more than two named storms form during the remainder of 2021. This seems likely given that about 25 percent of activity during any given Atlantic season occurs after October 1. One particular area of concern next month is the Western Caribbean Sea, which has sea surface temperatures several degrees above normal.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by oumuamua on Wednesday September 29, @01:18PM (3 children)

    by oumuamua (8401) on Wednesday September 29, @01:18PM (#1182715)

    For the climate change deniers, it is not only the number but the severity. Typical hurricanes lose power soon after hitting land; Ida kept going, causing damage along its entire trek inland, from Louisiana all the way to New York.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 29, @05:50PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 29, @05:50PM (#1182846)

    More likely it's a sign that construction quality has declined, since hurricanes didn't do as much damage when houses had storm windows. Back in the day, when there was a hurricane coming we shut the storm windows and prayed, and most of the time we came out OK.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 30, @05:18PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 30, @05:18PM (#1183132)

      Yeah . . . so how'd those storm windows keep the flooding at bay, back in the day?

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday September 30, @02:14AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 30, @02:14AM (#1183009) Homepage Journal

    I have an idea you're oversimplifying things. Ida did pretty much what all hurricanes do after making landfall in the south. Started moving north and then east, because jet stream. Ida just didn't move along as quickly as most hurricanes do. Unusual, but not unique, or even new. It's happened before.

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