Irma and Harvey, the old couple who will go down in history; know why their names were selected.
Hurricane Irma swept the Caribbean coast and is hitting Miami. The evacuees are thousands and the destruction innumerable. Unfortunately, the force of this hurricane claimed many lives and although in some areas the fury of the storm has passed, the material losses are uncountable, as well as the devastating emotional devastation of those who had to experience this phenomenon firsthand.
Those who are somewhat abstracted from this situation are Irma and Harvey. No, I am not referring to the hurricanes themselves, but to a cute old couple who are named after the recent tropical storms, and they are happily married for 75 years. According to The New York Times, the nice 93 and 104-year-old couple have gone through a lot of historical events, but they don’t remember ever having experienced a hurricane of such magnitude, and that they just bear their same names.
According to the NY Times, given the ferocity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that hit the Caribbean coast and the United States in recent weeks, this is probably the last time both names are used together to refer to hurricanes.
But those who will continue to see their names united are the “Irma and Harvey” of flesh and blood, who appear “as a couple” since the 1940s. Two years later they married and today they tell their love story before the people. They also made headlines for the uniqueness of their names. Both are totally stunned by the severity of the hurricanes, as well as the acts of violence throughout the world.
How are hurricanes named?
Tropical storms have their own names, and the explanation for this is that since 1979, the World Meteorological Organization has been alternating names of men and women for tropical storms born over the Atlantic. According to the organization’s website, the practice of naming tropical cyclones with proper names began to aid in quick identification in warning messages, because names are much easier to remember than numbers and technical terms.
Also, for many, the fact that a cyclone has its own name facilitates the task of disseminating it to the media, as well as increasing interest in the warnings, and preparing the community.
There are six lists of names that are used on a rotating basis, so the names of minor hurricanes from 2017 will appear again in 2023. But if a cyclone is particularly deadly or expensive, then its name is removed from the list and it is replaced by another. This is what is expected to happen with Harvey and Irma.
At first, the storms were named arbitrarily, but later they opted for a better organization and were based on a list of proper names for men and women arranged alphabetically. Since 1953 only women’s names were used, while after 1979 male names began to be used and alternated with female ones. Thus, the first storm of the year is named with the letter A and then followed by a masculine name with the letter B, and so on.
Bad jokes around names
In a way, the fact that tropical storms have their own names leads to a series of jokes about it. Specifically, when the name is feminine, people begin to comment that the overwhelming force of the fury of the hurricane is such because “it is a woman.”
A curious fact, according to the Noticel site, is that a study carried out by the University of Illinois in 2014 found that the number of deaths during the passage of hurricanes was higher with storms with female names, than with storms with male names. But the sad fact has an explanation: apparently, the community in general takes less seriously warnings from security agencies when the storm or cyclone has a female name.
Differences between hurricane, cyclone and typhoon
Many times society is confused by the terms hurricane, cyclone or typhoon, since not many know the differences well. And the truth is that there are none. The National Geographic site explains that the three names respond to the same meteorological phenomenon, what happens is that scientists use one or the other name depending on the place where they occur.
storms in the North Atlantic and Pacific. They are named after the Caribbean god of evil, called Hurrican.
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they are called like this when they occur in the southeast Indian Ocean and southwest Pacific
They are classified as hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones, when the winds exceed 119 km per hour. When they exceed 179 km per hour it is an intense hurricane. Whatever name is used to call them, these tropical storms leave devastating consequences in their wake, devouring everything in the air and on the ground.
Is the earth giving us a sign?
Comments abound on social media that the consequences of Irma and Harvey are nothing more and nothing less than nature itself giving desperate screams. Others attribute it to a God angry with humanity. While many speak of a global warming process that is giving its strongest warning signals.
It is true that global warming has been increasing in recent decades, and because of this the consequences are in plain sight. The intensity of the hurricanes that is increasing each time is one of the possible consequences, according to Infobae. According to this same source, there is no mention that there is a greater frequency in this type of storms, but a greater intensity.
Natural disasters have always existed, from the very beginning of life on earth. But many of these disasters are caused by the ruthless hand of man, breaking the balance with nature. Many governments in the world are taking action to mitigate the effects of human action on the environment in the medium and long term, but it is everyone’s job to do our bit. After all, the Earth is our home, and we must take care of it.