How a Storm Gets Its Name
If you have lived along the Gulf Coast for a while, you are all too familiar with Hurricane Season. Each year, from June 1st through November 30th, we anxiously tune in to the weather each night to see what may have formed out there in the “big blue” and if the currents are steering it in our direction. As they develop from depressions to storms, they move on from numbers and are christened with a name. Have you ever wondered how those names are chosen? Are they just random titles drawn from a hat by the folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)? Well, for starters, the answer is no. Hurricanes are actually named by the World Meteorological Organization. Since 1979, they have used six lists of names (both male and female) in rotation. The lists all contain a name beginning with each letter of the alphabet, except for Q, U and Z. This means the same list is reused every 6 years. So, depending on your age, if you haven’t seen your name on the list, there will never be a storm bearing your moniker. No matter what name the storm bears, SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile will always be ready to roll out and assist our community should we ever experience a hurricane or other catastrophic event!