Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hurricane names

Having seen hurricanes Gustav, Henna and Ike on news recently, I googled to see who names them and what the selection criteria is.

U.S. National Hurricane center keeps six lists of names, with one list used each year. Each list has one name for each alphabet. When they ran out the list, they will use greek letters like alpha, beta etc. Lists are recycled every year and deadly storms will be replaced with different name from list.  That is good rationale. I once watched a scary documentary on camile hurricane. Yes, people definitely do not want to hear about it again.