8 September 2005
The Atlantic storm season, which runs through the end of November, has already seen
sixteen fifteen storms big enough to name; there being only 21 names assigned there are few names starting with Q and U, and no one ever envisioned getting down to X, Y and Z the system allows for only five six more.
(Storms #22 and subsequent are designated by Greek letters, so the next storm after Wilma will be called Alpha. Just what we need: an Alpha storm.)
Posted at 7:25 AM to Weather or Not
Sixteen? There's already a "P" storm?
Dang it, where's my scorecard? It's pretty bad when the husband of a National Weather Service employee can't even keep up.
[after clicking the link]
Hmmm. Er, Charles, "O" is the 15th letter of the alphabet, not the 16th.
Sorry about that. Since so many of these storms are coming out of the Caribbean, an area where Spanish is common, I just naturally counted the "ll" character as the single letter it is.
(You think he bought that? Me either.)