Hurricane names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization. Every six years, the list of names begins again! However, the names of especially destructive hurricane are usually retired.
Names of the Atlantic Storms for 2015
Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda.
Wonder when the practice of naming hurricanes began and where the word hurricane comes from?
-Native American called these storms hurrakons, after “a great who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorer adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron sainted on whose feast days the storms occurred, later, hurricane were identified by their longitude and latitude.
Did you Know?
-A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first person to name tropical storm after a female. By World War II, meteorologist in the U.S. military named storms after their girlfriends wives. The first storm in the Atlantic Ocean named for a man was hurricane.