Why do meteorologists give women’s names to tropical storms? Where do they get their names from? ?
Who or what determine whether the names should be feminine or masculine?
90 percent of names are female names I wonder...Some of them are listed here: Bertha, Dolly, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Josephine, Katrina, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Paloma, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred, Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dean, Erin, Felix, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Noel, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah , Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy
- RubymLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
They alternate A is male, then B is female and so on in one year, then the next year A is female and B is male, ...
They have lists that rotate and change about every 5-7 years, I'm not sure of the time. The names are "retired' if it is especially severe and there are a lot of lives lost. (Katrina, Andrew, Hugo, etc.)
So this year if there is a 'K' it will be a boy's name and 'L' will be a girl's name. Next year if there is a 'K' it will be a girl's name, etc. Not 90% but 50% in a given year are female and male. Until the late 1970's, from the early 50's hurricanes only were given female name. So historically there are more female named storms than male.
NOAA or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gives the names. They used to be all English, now they can be French, Dutch, Spanish, etc for the languages of the countries that can be hit by Atlantic hurricanes. Pacific storms have a similar, but different naming system.
- 1 decade ago
Before hurricanes were named they were identified according to their latitude and longitude. This method was confusing, when two or more storms were present over the same ocean. To reduce the confusion hurricanes were identified by letters of th alphabet. During WWII names like Able and Baker were used corresponding to radio code words. In 1953 the NWS began using female names until 1978 then male names were used and not just english names but spanish and french as well. This is still used today.
- kotowskiLv 44 years ago
no person gets the privilege of naming storms. it truly is the worldwide Meteorological business enterprise. This year's names are Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, etc. If a variety of names are used for a hurricane that motives super dying or destruction, that call is in all risk to be retired. to illustrate, if a type 5 hurricane (like Katrina) makes landfall as a type 5, its call will in all risk be retired. The gender of the call does not verify the potential, as lists are reused each 6 years. Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, and Edouard are actually not likely to be retired, so we'd desire to consistently see the names above returned in 2014.
- Elizabeth HLv 71 decade ago
Tropical storms and hurricanes are given names to avoid confusion when more than one storm is being followed at the same time. A storm is named when it reaches tropical storm strength with winds of 39 mph. A storm becomes a hurricane when its wind speed reaches 75 mph.
American weather agencies began assigning girls' names to major tropical storms in 1953. Apparently they got the idea from military forecasters.
Later the assigning of names for Atlantic hurricanes was turned over to the World Meteorological Organization, a UN agency, theoretically making it an international responsibility. (Naming of hurricanes in the eastern Pacific is handled through a bilateral agreement with Mexico.)
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- coraleeLv 41 decade ago
They go every other one like Ike and the next is Josephine then what even male name they have that starts with a K.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
actually they change them up. first is an "a" name whether male or female, then "b" would be the other...let's say male then "c"female, "d" male... etc