A message from our President:

What's in a Name?

Paul Schlatter, 2019 NWA President

In this month’s newsletter we are talking hurricanesAbout the time this newsletter hits your inbox, Hurricane Dorian will probably be threatening the U.S. coastline or perhaps has already made landfallIt’s a testament to Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) guidance that I can write this message about a week in advance and know it has gotten good enough to forecast hurricane tracks reasonably well even a week out. 

I’ve always found it fascinating how tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific Basins get their namesThe process dates back to before the weather satellite era in the early 1950sBack then, communicators in the media and the Weather Bureau found that short, easily remembered names for tropical cyclones were an effective way to communicate and identify a stormThey had no idea that more than 50 years later Twitter and other forms of social media would be tailor-made to communicate critical information using short, easy to use names for tropical cyclonesNaming storms became official in 1953 when the United States used female namesIn 1979, an update was made to include male names alternating with female namesName lists are used on a six-year rotation, so if a particular storm that shares your name doesn’t live up to your standards, not to worry, it will be reused six years later

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"Pay it Forward"


September 7-12, 2019

Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama


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  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 7 March 2019
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  • 2019 NWA Annual Meeting: 7-12 September 2019

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