Hurricane Names: How Did Irene Get Her Name?

Hurricane Irene might be the most menacing storm to threaten the U.S East Coast in years. But how'd she get that name? Hurricane names are chosen from a list selected by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six separate lists of names for Atlantic Ocean storms, with one list used each year. In 1953, the National Weather Service picked up on the habit of Naval meteorologists of naming the storms after women. Ships were commonly referred to as female, and were often given women's...Full Story
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