River Land Diving Where have all the good hurricanes gone?

Where have all the good hurricanes gone?

Due to an upcoming Caribbean dive drip, I’ve been keeping on eye on weather.com to determine if the Hurricane Gods plan on spoiling my travel plans. Two and a half months into the Atlantic hurricane season, and (knock on wood) not so much as a cloud fart has occurred there. Four hurricanes and three tropical storms have already graced the Pacific, though.

That dark blue piece of water saw Andres, Blanca, Carlos, Delores, Enrique, Felicia, and now Guillermo come through, making me think Ms. Sotomayor was sitting behind the desk of a weather station somewhere, picking the monikers. Knowing that Justice Sonia probably has a few more pressing things on her plate, I decided to find out just how the storms got named.

Storm naming evolved from the communication advancements and general nosiness of the twentieth century. With the potential for multiple storms happening simultaneously around the globe, it is much easier to use a commonly-understood name rather than spout off location coordinates like a Bingo announcer on a Friday night.

While country-specific groups, like our own National Hurricane Center, originally chose the names, the christening job is now owned and managed by the World Meteorological Organization (three men with pocket protectors and raincoats.) The names are re-used on a rotating basis, but sometimes they do get retired. So, sadly, if you are a Fifi, Hattie, Beulah, Klaus, or Hortense, you will never again see your name associated with a raging storm.

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