I know that this has nothing to do with electronics, but perhaps someone can point to somewhere where, we as a family, can understand the names given to these dreadful things.
We thought that they were given names in alphabetical order, But Katrina and Ruth are hardly that, having 6 letters between them, Also, I was reading in, I think the Times, that one called Vince was about to strike Portugal yesterday, (Google has a report about it)but again we thought that the names were supposed to be female.
I don't pretend to be an expert on this, but I think the National Hurricane Center (NHC) names hurricanes alternately with male/female names (i.e; first of the season is Ann, second is Bob, etc.)Some years ago all hurricanes were named with feminine names, but somewhere along the line (with the advent of womens lib) the policy was changed. You must remember that not all hurricanes make international or even national headlines. Before Katrina there may have been a John, an Irma and a Homer - but even though they were classified initially as 'hurricanes'they petered out and became tropical storms or even less. Whatever they are called and wherever they hit they are terrible, terrible things. I know because I lived in Mississippi on the gulf coast (Biloxi) and went through 'Çamille'in August 1969. You do not want to experience one of these things - believe me! Casey
Because we go to Florida often I find it useful to find out what we are letting ourselves into before we go. A few years ago we got caught in Hurricane Floyd which extended my holiday by an extra week because we couldn't get home.
but I've twice been caught up in a Typhoon when working in Hong Kong. Typhoons are simply hurricanes with another name, and I can certainly vouch for the fact that they scare the daylights out of you.
Years ago, when I first started working in Hong Kong I wondered why modern, state of the art office buildings were erected using bamboo scaffolding, tied together with special - very strong - black plastic tape. Not a single steel scaffold pole in sight. I was told that bamboo, because it bends and sways a little under stress, is far safer in a typhoon than conventional scaffold.
My first experience of watching a full-blooded typhoon rampaging across Hong Kong harbour is something I'll never forget - quite large boats were just flipped over in seconds.
We're lucky to live in an area of the world where we don't suffer such extremes of the weather.