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Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Acos925(m): 3:29pm On Sep 14
The late summer news has been dominated by hurricanes in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico: first there was Hurricane Harvey, which caused devastating flooding in the US city of Houston, Texas, and now Hurricane Irma has wheeled through the Caribbean and will strike Florida over the weekend.

One of the questions that have arisen has concerned the naming of the hurricanes. Why Harvey? Why Irma?

The task of naming the storms falls upon the World Meteorological Organisation, the highest authority of weather experts in the world, who meet on a regular basis to discuss the patterns of weather and the effects that extreme weather have.

They have created zones in which regional organisations under their auspices pick the names: Atlantic hurricanes such as Harvey and Irma are named by the United States National Hurricane Center.

When they name hurricanes and tropical storms, they go through a list of accepted names, both male and female, before choosing one.

They begin at A as the hurricane season begins, working through the Latin alphabet. If there are more than 21 hurricanes in one season, they move on to the Greek alphabet. They alternate between male and female names while skipping the letters Q, U, Y and Z.

Hurricane names can be retired if they are suitably catastrophic or destructive. Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane ever, killed over 10,000 people in Honduras and Nicaragua in 1998 and resulted in the name Mitch being taken from the register permanently. It was replaced by Matthew, though that again was retired after 2016's Hurricane Matthew which struck Haiti.

It is as yet unclear whether the names Harvey and Irma will end up retired.

Previously, hurricanes were named after the places where they struck - the Galveston hurricane of 1900, for example - or the day on which they occurred, usually using the Saints Day that was most appropriate, such as the Santa Ana hurricane that struck Puerto Rico in 1825.

It isn't always so serious: in Scotland in 2011, an extratropical cyclone (as hurricanes can be known in non-tropical areas) was named Friedhelm by weather authorities but was popularly known as Hurricane Bawbag after the Scottish dialect word for 'scrotum' or more idiomatically, for a coward.

While it was initially a joke trend on Twitter, it later was used by authorities and widely in the media, with politicians mentioning in Parliament

source; http://www.ladbible.com/news/interesting-news-this-is-how-hurricanes-get-their-names-20170908.amp.html

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by eezeribe(m): 3:30pm On Sep 14
Harvey and Irma are not as important to us right now as the following issues...
A) corruption
B)Tribalism
C)Religious intolerance
1) Killing of farmers by Herdsmen
2)Flooding in Benue State
3)Operation Python dance 2
4) Insecurity in the country
5)Increase in crime rate across the Nation
6)Inflation
7)Recession (although they said we are out)
8.Low value of the Naira...
9)Buhari's body Language ...
10)APC and fake propaganda...

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Kowor(f): 3:35pm On Sep 14
The good Lord knows I didn't read this. Was expecting a summary.

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by ElSherriff: 3:35pm On Sep 14
Now this is very educative. Please give the poster one Odeku for me

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by eezeribe(m): 3:39pm On Sep 14
lalasticlala,Mynd44
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Acos925(m): 3:40pm On Sep 14
Kowor:
The good Lord knows I didn't read this. Was expecting a summary.

The topic is in education section my sister, you need to read this.

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by eezeribe(m): 3:42pm On Sep 14
Kowor:
The good Lord knows I didn't read this. Was expecting a summary.
That's why they said... If you want to hide something from a black man,put it in writing.

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by thesicilian: 3:43pm On Sep 14
Nice info. So the next one should start from J, all things being equal

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by policy12: 4:19pm On Sep 14
Hmmmm educative.
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by policy12: 4:20pm On Sep 14
eezeribe:
Harvey and Irma are not as important to us right now as the following issues...
A) corruption
B)Tribalism
C)Religious intolerance
1) Killing of farmers by Herdsmen
2)Flooding in Benue State
3)Operation Python dance 2
4) Insecurity in the country
5)Increase in crime rate across the Nation
6)Inflation
7)Recession (although they said we are out)
8.Low value of the Naira...
9)Buhari's body Language ...
10)APC and fake propaganda...



11) Unemployment

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Nbote(m): 5:25pm On Sep 14
So if say hurricane dey happen for dis country we would have had names like Hurricane Tanko, Hurricane , Hurricane Chukwudi, Hurricane Effiong, Hurricane Teghono, Hurricane Shukura... Though d one we are experiencing now is worse than the ones Florida and d Caribbeans are experiencing.. Dis is Hurricane Buhari season

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by DONADAMS(m): 6:00pm On Sep 14
Story story... Army vs biafra is our problem here...you could start by telling us how they got their names....I know of the former.. Buh the latter is a mistery to me

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by muller101(m): 6:29pm On Sep 14
Python dance hurricane

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Fidelismaria(m): 6:45pm On Sep 14
thank you for this thread

av bin asking Dis question since thanks for the reply

hmmm

feels good to be on frontpage
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Fidelismaria(m): 6:45pm On Sep 14
thank you for this thread
av bin asking Dis question since thanks for the replying
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by gcof(m): 6:50pm On Sep 14
Nbote:
So if say hurricane dey happen for dis country we would have had names like Hurricane Tanko, Hurricane , Hurricane Chukwudi, Hurricane Effiong, Hurricane Teghono, Hurricane Shukura... Though d one we are experiencing now is worse than the ones Florida and d Caribbeans are experiencing.. Dis is Hurricane Buhari season
of all the names wey you know na Chukwudi suit you best �����

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Nbote(m): 6:54pm On Sep 14
gcof:
of all the names wey you know na Chukwudi suit you best �����

Nna Chukwudi how far

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by femi4: 7:05pm On Sep 14
Fidelismaria:
thank you for this thread

av bin asking Dis question since thanks for the replying
*Why do hurricanes have names?
*
By now, almost everyone knows what Harvey and Irma are, but why do hurricanes have names in the first place?

For a simple reason: it makes communication easier. In the past, people identified hurricanes based on latitude and longitude. But a bunch of numbers can be a mouthful and also get confusing when you’re trying to pass information to so many different sources. Names are far more memorable and distinctive, which makes them more convenient to use to get the word out quickly, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Names used to be given randomly, but in the mid-1900s meteorologists started an alphabetical system using only female names. The first storm of the season would have a female name starting with an “A,” the second would have a “B” name, and so on. In 1953, the international committee of the World Meteorological Organization gave up the alphabetical system and started maintaining a list of hurricane names. It wasn’t until 1979 that male names were added.

(A few years ago, there was controversy over whether female-named hurricanes kill more people because people think they’re less dangerous, but that’s probably not the case.)

Today, the same sets of names are recycled every six years — and remaining ones for 2017 include Bret, Ophelia, and Philippe. The same names will come around again in 2024, with one exception: if a storm was really destructive, its name is taken off the list entirely.

Retired names include Katrina, Sandy, Joaquin, and Irene.

It hasn’t been announced whether Harvey or Irma will be retired, but considering that Irma is already one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, the likelihood seems high.

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Truepee(m): 7:12pm On Sep 14
Nice Topic..Educative
..But Might Not Trend Because Nnamdi Kanu Is Not Yet Dead..When He dies Twill Trend
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by gcof(m): 8:18pm On Sep 14
Nbote:


Nna Chukwudi how far
hhahahahaha I dey o
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by bro4u: 1:53am On Sep 15
Nigeria is currently experiencing a more disastrous and aggressive hurricane named Hurricane Buhari, the worst hurricane mankind has ever experience, affecting more than 150million people.

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by fergie001(m): 2:17am On Sep 15
Finally,learnt sth
Nice one,OP

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by angelTI(f): 6:54am On Sep 15
Thank you OP. It's good to be informed! Imagine I asked my colleague this question when Hurricane Harvey was ravaging and he said the names are gotten from the person that discovered the hurricane undecided lipsrsealed undecided lipsrsealed

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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by 1Rebel: 1:39pm On Sep 15
Okay undecided
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Narldon(f): 1:40pm On Sep 15


Leave Abroad joor


In Nigeria we currently have,


Hurricane Python

Hurricane IPOB

Hurricane Skullarship

Hurricane BokoHaram

Even Tsunami Buhari and Tornado Kanu


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Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by free2ryhme: 1:41pm On Sep 15
Hurrincae don't happen in Nigeria


And the info is way not necessary
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Oluwatosin678(m): 1:41pm On Sep 15
gh
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by Harbeyg09(m): 1:41pm On Sep 15
Hurricane Harvey
Harbey is saying hi no disaster
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by midehi2(f): 1:42pm On Sep 15
I thought as much
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by olamil34(m): 1:42pm On Sep 15
ok, and
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by nairavsdollars: 1:43pm On Sep 15
Here we have Hurricane Python Dance
Re: Harvey And Irma: This Is How Hurricanes Get Their Names by jaymezzz(m): 1:43pm On Sep 15
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