Originally Posted by Jonesee
Anybody else wonder if the guys at NOAA sit in a room and laugh their collective butts off while making the list of names for tropical storms...
No, I don't.
A Tropical Cyclone ( including hurricanes & typhoons) is not given a name* until the sustained maximum wind
speed reaches a threshold of 34 Knots (39 mph, 63 Km/H).
Tropical Cyclone (TC) names are obtained from pre-designated lists, either by committees of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), or by the various regional organizations & National weather
The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Regional Association IV Hurricane
Committee selects the names for Atlantic Basin and central and eastern Pacific storms.
Hawaiian names are used for central Pacific storms.
Similar WMO regional committees are involved in selecting names for other parts
of the world, but not all nations involved adopt these names *.
Hurricanes are tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Basin (Atlantic, Caribbean
Sea and Gulf of Mexico) and in the Pacific east of the International Date Line. Typhoons are tropical cyclones over the northern Pacific west of the date line. Tropical cyclones in the South Pacific
and over the Indian Ocean
are just called cyclones.
*1. Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names
Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names
*2. While most naming systems use common first names, in various languages, nations around the western Pacific began using an entirely new system for naming typhoons in 2000. The names include animals
, flowers, astrological signs and a few personal names.
When a storm is extremely destructive or causes extensive lose of life, the name of the hurricane
will be retired*.
*3. This page lists all of the "retired" names
of tropical cyclones worldwide:
Retired Tropical Cyclone Names