We've run out of hurricane names!

  • 22 September 2020
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We’ve run out of hurricane names folks! :astonished: (check out National Geographic’s report on this here)

Each year, there are 21 names available - and we’ve already used them all. We’ve had 23 so far to be precise.

Apparently,

There is no real choice for meteorologists when it comes to naming tropical storms—they simply have a catalog of recycled names that they move through as new storms pop up each year: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, and so on.

Which means they’ll now move on to the Greek alphabet (we’ve had Alpha and Beta so far already). 

What do you think would make a suitable storm name? 

Apparently Megatron and Stormageddon have been suggested previously...


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Dorothy 👠👠

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Teacup

Both excellent :grin:

What about frankenstorm? 

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Higgins 🎱, bit obvious that one. 

Alex?

Norm? 

Auntie Emm?

I just love that they’re named 😂😂😂😂😂😂👍

Apparently they’re given names because it helps scientists and local officials etc give the right sense of urgency when trying to let people know what to do - if it’s just referred to as a ‘hurricane’ or ‘storm’ then it doesn’t resonate with people the same way! 

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