Saturday, May 25, 2013

Storm Names for 2013

The following names have been chosen for tropical storms list this year....

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

These names are reused again every six years, so these names will be used again in 2019. You may ask as to when these names are actually assigned to specific storm formations. The rule of thumb is that the weather formation must reach top winds within the storm of 39 mph or higher. Then the storm transforms into a hurricane when the maximum sustained winds reach at least 74 MPH. If all of the names are used for the year, then the Greek alphabet is used if there are more than 21 named storms in a season. That last happened in 2005; six storms were named Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Zeta.
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