Thursday, September 21, 2023

Why do storms have male and female names, and how are they chosen?

One of the most powerful, destructive and surprising natural phenomena are hurricanes, which Mexico has to face every year due to the wide coastline and sea limits leading to the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, a region that belongs to Atlantic Ocean.

When is hurricane season in Mexico?

Hurricane season covers almost half of the year in Mexico. In the Pacific Ocean it begins on June 1 and in the Atlantic on July 1, usually extending in both cases until November 30.

Why are tropical cyclones and hurricanes named?

Using proper names is useful to identify these events and makes it easier to track them when publicized.

Who names storms?

The Hurricane Committee of the United States National Hurricane Center, whose headquarters are in the city of Miami, Florida. The use of proper names began in 1978 for events in the Pacific Ocean and in 1979 for those in the Atlantic.

How are storm names chosen?

The members of the aforementioned Committee propose names of boys and girls in English, Spanish and French languages, which consist of six lists for each basin that are used each year.

After six years, they repeated themselves; This means that the names of the storms in 2023 are the same as those used in 2017 and will be used in 2029.

Will the storm’s name be erased forever?

This is possible under certain circumstances. If a tropical storm causes significant damage, at the request of the affected country, that name is removed from the list and replaced by another with the same initial letter, the same language and gender. This name will be used for six years until the list from which that name was taken is used again.

As examples, the names Katrina, Wilma and Gilberto were permanently removed from the list of tropical storms due to the devastating effects that the first two left in the United States and the third in Mexico.

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