How Hurricane Sandy got her name…

I’m researching for a book right now that takes place during a category three hurricane. (Odd, since I contracted the book months before Sandy was ever a blip on the radar!) I’m fascinated by the way hurricanes are morphed into almost living entities when they are named by the World meteorological Organization. Did you know the WMO has six lists of names, alternating male and female, which they reuse perpetually? In even-numbered years, men’s names are given to the odd-numbered storms and female names to the evens. That’s why Hurricane Sandy was a woman’s name…Sandy was the 18th name on the hurricane list for 2012. Hurricane names are only retired when there is catastrophic damage (i.e. the name Katrina will not be used again.)  In case you’re interested, the remaining names on the list for 2012 are Tony, Valerie, and William. Let’s hope we don’t have occasion to use good old Tony this year!

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ben S. on November 13, 2012 at 12:59 am

    My family ended up going to sleep shortly after nightfall – which was usually around 7:30ish. It was initially fun to read by flashlight, but even that got to be a hassle.

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  2. Posted by Ben S. on November 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I experienced it here in Northern New Jersey. We lost power for a week, which, in comparrison to others, was not bad, particularly since our gas heat was functional. Nonetheless, we threw out all our refrigerated food, bough over $100 worth of flashlights, and are continuing to experience a return of the 1970s gas lines with rationing based on odd or even license plates. There is a TV show (which I have yet to see) called Revolution with the premise of no more electricity. Let me tell you – no phone, no internet, no TV – my family and I were having a revolution ourselves!

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  3. Posted by Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance on November 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I moved from Ohio to Texas in Feb 2006. So I wasn’t here for Hurricane Rita which hit about a month after Hurricane Katrina. The worst storm I have been through was Hurricane Ike in 2008 but it didn’t due that much damage in my town. All we lost was power and some tree limbs. I really feel for everyone who is having to deal with what Hurricane Sandy left behind. It looks like in some places there wasn’t much left behind at all. 😦 I too hope we are done with Hurricanes for the year. It wouldn’t surprise me if they retire Sandy’s name from the list. Also I took a look, we did have a Tropical Storm Tony this year right around Sandy but never affected any land or was a threat so it wasn’t talked about since they were worried about Hurricane Sandy. Good luck with your book.

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  4. Great now everyone knows hows the naming process is done. They online retire names after it made a huge damage on the area. That’s interesting.

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