August 31, 2005


You learn something every day.

Apparently, you can retire hurricane names, the way you do jersey numbers in sports:

WASHINGTON - The widespread destruction and deaths caused by Hurricane Katrina are likely to lead to retirement of that name from the list of storm names.

The final decision is up to a committee of the World Meteorological Organization.

But the National Weather Service notes that names are usually dropped if a storm is so deadly or costly that future use of the name would be inappropriate.

Sixty-two names have been retired so far, from Carol and Hazel in 1954 to Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne last year.

Four is the most names retired in any year to date. In addition to 2004, that occurred in 1955 (Connie, Diane, Ione and Janet) and 1995 (Luis, Marilyn, Opal and Roxanne).

Three names were retired after 1964 (Cleo, Dora and Hilda), 1996 (Cesar, Fran and Hortense), 2001 (Allison, Iris and Michelle) and 2003 (Fabian, Isabel and Juan).

In addition to 1954, years with two names retired included 1961 (Carla and Hattie), 1974 (Carmen and Fifi), 1979 (David and Frederic), 1985 (Elena and Gloria), 1988 (Gilbert and Joan), 1990 (Diana and Klaus), 1998 (Georges and Mitch), 1999 (Floyd and Lenny) and 2002 (Isidore and Lili).

Other names retired are Audrey, 1957, Donna, 1960; Flora, 1963; Betsy, 1965; Inez, 1966; Beulah, 1967; Edna, 1968; Camille, 1969; Celia, 1970; Agnes, 1972; Eloise, 1975; Anita, 1977; Allen, 1980; Alicia, 1983; Hugo, 1989; Bob, 1991; Andrew, 1992; and Keith, 2000.

It's sad how few of these I remember during my lifetime... Bob? Alecia? Anita?

Total blank.

Posted by Jeff at August 31, 2005 05:41 AM | TrackBack

Alecia hit Houston. I remember because we were there and it was very impressive for this transplanted and since replanted Midwesterner.

Posted by: emil at September 1, 2005 07:50 AM

I think Hugo is the the first I remember. I remember Bob because I had to work in Cambridge and then cross the river to go home. Bob brought a lot of rain to Boston and some winds. Once it was sorta safe to walk around me and my friend headed to the first and only bar open. We had a grand time at the Catcus Club that day, once the chickies in black and makeup started arriving we knew all was back to normal.

Posted by: lynne at September 9, 2005 10:46 PM
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