View Full Version : Who decides on the names of hurricanes?
12-09-1999, 09:42 PM
Typhoons are always referred to by number in Japan. If you watch Japanese news and CNN, it's not always clear whether they're talking about the same storm system or not.
I don't know what other countries in the western Pacific do.
12-09-1999, 10:06 PM
Please always add a link to the column you're discussing: http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a891027.html
12-09-1999, 10:28 PM
Sorry. Will do from now on.
12-11-1999, 05:54 PM
The weather service gets lots of nasty mail every year from folks who were disappointed by wrong forecasts. These letters are sorted by first name initials, and once a year, twenty-six letters are drawn. Those who write several nasty letters in a year are more likely to have a storm named after them. Naturally, those named Xavier and Yolanda are pretty much SOL.
Glad to help out.
--Nott, the large
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