Thursday, September 22, 2005

Hurricane Trivia

From the Sun-Sentinel:

From 1950 to 1952, the United States named storms by a phonetic alphabet, starting with Able, Baker and Charlie. That became confusing because the same names were used each year, so female names were used starting in 1953 in a list created by the National Hurricane Center. The first one was called Tropical Storm Alice.

That was considered biased against women, so men’s names were added in 1978 in the Pacific and a year later in the Atlantic, with Hurricane Bob.

I guess that means there won’t be a Hurricane Bobby…