How We Name Big Storms

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Hurricane Season is here, and for active storm seasons that mean hearing the names of so many systems whipping their ways across the world’s oceans. But where do these names come from? And how do named storms differ from other ones? Trace has the answers.

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Why Aren’t Tornadoes Named?

“The quick answer is that in general tornados are short lived, they only last from a few minutes to a most an hour or so and that is why they are not given names.”

How and why storms are named

“Forecasters give names to tropical cyclones, including hurricanes, to avoid confusion when more than one storm is being followed at the same time.”

Hurricane Season Is Here — So Let’s Name Those Storms

“Don’t be surprised if this year’s list of Atlantic hurricane names sounds familiar. Except for three replacements, many of the same names blew through during 2007 in one of the most severe seasons ever when measured by property damage.”

Hurricanes in History

Tropical Cyclone Names

“Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.”

Tropical Cyclone Naming

“The practice of naming storms (tropical cyclones) began years ago in order to help in the quick identification of storms in warning messages because names are presumed to be far easier to remember than numbers and technical terms.”

Storm Facts

“A tropical cyclone is not given a name (or, in some cases, a number) until the sustained maximum wind speed reaches a threshold of 34 Kt.”

Pacific Tropical Cyclone Names

“Tropical cyclones are named based on the basin of origin. Thus is a tropical cyclone begins its life cycle in the Eastern Pacific, it will be given a name from the “Eastern Pacific Names” list. When a tropical cyclone has its origins in the Central Pacific, a “Central Pacific Name” is then assigned.”
2013 Hurricane Names

“Have you ever wondered about the system used for naming hurricanes? Where did those names come from, anyway? Will we have to suffer through another “Hurricane Andrew”? The system is not that complicated.”

Why The Weather Channel is Naming Winter Storms

“During the upcoming 2012-13 winter season The Weather Channel will name noteworthy winter storms. Our goal is to better communicate the threat and the timing of the significant impacts that accompany these events. The fact is, a storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation.”

Hurricane Season Is Here — So Let’s Name Those Storms

“Don’t be surprised if this year’s list of Atlantic hurricane names sounds familiar. Except for three replacements, many of the same names blew through during 2007 in one of the most severe seasons ever when measured by property damage.”

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29 comments

Venom January 17, 2016 - 1:11 AM

Used to know someone named Katrina. Called her hurricane Katrina.

Aachal Ashna April 19, 2016 - 6:08 PM

It used to bother me not knowing that why are storms named but now I know why..
….thanks big guy…

Aachal Ashna April 19, 2016 - 6:08 PM

It used to bother me not knowing that why are storms named but now I know why..
….thanks big guy…

Light of the Fatherland April 24, 2016 - 1:29 PM

According to congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee (D), Hurricane names are too White.

Pineapple June 5, 2016 - 8:46 AM

Bonnie is going to kill me…please tell me that I'm going to be ok…🤕🤕

Xavier Peters August 12, 2016 - 9:53 AM

You forgot about hurricane isaac.

N0xB0x567 October 11, 2016 - 8:53 AM

my name will NEVER be used

infinitemoneycoin October 14, 2016 - 10:12 PM

Humberto lol

The Wheelspin Report October 23, 2016 - 1:21 AM

Tropical Storm Trump was just recently purchased by Donald J Trump for about 3.5mil dollars. It should replace Walter.

paul whitlow January 22, 2017 - 6:54 AM

the Joe Mama's good job dentist great now my mama a hurricane

Lps Furry friends February 16, 2017 - 7:33 AM

I was in cyclone yasi

grecosgreece daz February 23, 2017 - 7:33 PM

get a fucking life

KiwiloverNZ 123 April 13, 2017 - 7:23 AM

right now in new zealand there is cyclone cook and im in new zealand

Syed Rizvi August 18, 2017 - 12:14 AM

The storm that happened at March was a Fidget Spinner

arush197214 September 4, 2017 - 8:56 AM

I think the storms today are weather weapons within the last two weeks Hurricane Harvey (God of War), and this week Hurricane Irma (Goddess of War) Both striking the United States while a " coupe de ta", exist to overthrow President Trump. I believe the shadow government that controls the U.S. Establishment Government has declared war on America. So in these two cases War gods have been picked. WEATHER WEAPONS WITH OTHER HURRICANES RIGHT BEHIND IMRA QUICKLY ON THE WAY.

aawagga September 9, 2017 - 5:43 AM

Miachel, Harvy you can think of more hurricanes

Cherry September 10, 2017 - 7:54 AM

They need to name the hurricanes megatron death (insert wind speed)

TheMeme Guy September 13, 2017 - 7:01 AM

There's a Matthew in my class so he was a hurricane Hurricane Matthew

northdakotaa September 23, 2017 - 11:01 PM

we just fucking name them.

MērmaidKristen October 2, 2017 - 9:33 PM

Hurricane Kristen????

Spin March 17, 2018 - 8:12 AM

My name is charlie

Quckey June 1, 2018 - 6:17 AM

My name is Katrina

HealthySuper EDUARDO June 16, 2018 - 12:20 AM

It's called heast

B-GUY September 16, 2018 - 1:02 AM

why not just name storms call signs like bravo or zulu???

Deborah McDaniel October 22, 2018 - 6:46 AM

Yup I’m hurricane michael

Benjamin Mahlatini October 23, 2018 - 5:23 AM

The truth is that, all Hurricans and Storms are caused by angels, those that rebelled fro the devil Satan. When the devil Satan, started religions in the name of Jesus Christ and making human beings believe in God. Some angels those that were droped together with the Devil Satan, felt the devil atan was becoming more consevetive and they rebelled from the devil atan. Which was to continue sinning high profile . And in most cases women spirits, become skort tempered, more than male angls. Therefore, more dangerous stomes are caused by female angels. To not think it is only human beings, those that suffer the storms. Spirits in the seas, suffer just as human beings suffer.

cotton candy and cool director mendoza October 30, 2018 - 7:07 AM

Typhoons,Hurricanes they look the same

Kadyn Smith August 23, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Hurricane Kadyn can that be a thing soon 😂

L Sykes July 29, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Cyclones should be named after the companies and the people responsible for carbon emissions and climate change.