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August 29, 2005

Hurricane names

People have been naming hurricanes for some time. Given the choice, I would much rather be swamped by Hurricane Hotlips.

Early naming strategies were informal and individualistic in their approach. For several hundred years in the Caribbean, hurricanes were named after the saints day on which they occurred. For example "Hurricane San Felipe" struck Puerto Rico on 13 September 1876. Later, latitude and longitude were used, but this was found to be complicated and more prone to error.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 29, 2005 05:02 AM

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