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How We Name Big Storms

Hurricane Season is here, and for active storm seasons that mean hearing the names of so many systems whipping their ways across the world's oceans. But where do these names come from? And how do named storms differ from other ones? Trace has the answers.

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Why Aren't Tornadoes Named?
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/history/
"The quick answer is that in general tornados are short lived, they only last from a few minutes to a most an hour or so and that is why they are not given names."

How and why storms are named
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml
"Forecasters give names to tropical cyclones, including hurricanes, to avoid confusion when more than one storm is being followed at the same time."

Hurricane Season Is Here -- So Let's Name Those Storms
http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/tcp/Storm-naming.html
"Don't be surprised if this year's list of Atlantic hurricane names sounds familiar. Except for three replacements, many of the same names blew through during 2007 in one of the most severe seasons ever when measured by property damage."

Hurricanes in History
http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/tcp/Trivia.html

Tropical Cyclone Names
http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/pages/names.php
"Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization."

Tropical Cyclone Naming
http://miami.about.com/od/weather/a/2013hurricanes.htm
"The practice of naming storms (tropical cyclones) began years ago in order to help in the quick identification of storms in warning messages because names are presumed to be far easier to remember than numbers and technical terms."

Storm Facts
http://www.weather.com/news/why-we-name-winter-storms-20121001
"A tropical cyclone is not given a name (or, in some cases, a number) until the sustained maximum wind speed reaches a threshold of 34 Kt."

Pacific Tropical Cyclone Names
http://www.geekosystem.com/why-we-name-storms-other-facts/
"Tropical cyclones are named based on the basin of origin. Thus is a tropical cyclone begins its life cycle in the Eastern Pacific, it will be given a name from the "Eastern Pacific Names" list. When a tropical cyclone has its origins in the Central Pacific, a "Central Pacific Name" is then assigned."
2013 Hurricane Names
http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/14708559/q
"Have you ever wondered about the system used for naming hurricanes? Where did those names come from, anyway? Will we have to suffer through another "Hurricane Andrew"? The system is not that complicated."

Why The Weather Channel is Naming Winter Storms
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/hurricane/tropical-cyclone-names.htm
"During the upcoming 2012-13 winter season The Weather Channel will name noteworthy winter storms. Our goal is to better communicate the threat and the timing of the significant impacts that accompany these events. The fact is, a storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation."

Hurricane Season Is Here -- So Let's Name Those Storms
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/06/hurricane-season-is-here-so-lets-name-those-storms/
"Don't be surprised if this year's list of Atlantic hurricane names sounds familiar. Except for three replacements, many of the same names blew through during 2007 in one of the most severe seasons ever when measured by property damage."

Watch More:
How Tornadoes Form:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYZu_D7d3PY
Stopping A Tornado:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsLf39h2WBc
Lightning Strikes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P7nODA4rrc
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