psyclone wrote:Macrocane wrote:psyclone wrote: I frankly don't understand the obsession with these stupid names. who cares? the academics can sort that crap out later. in the meantime if a tree is down in your front yard a name doesn't matter. we go through the same thing in severe season. i guess an 80mph straight line wind lacks the cache of an ef1 tornado.
I don't think names are crap, they have their function and I guess it's important because every big basin around the world has names for their tropical cyclones, although I agree that some people is kind of obsessed with named storms. This system is a very interesting one for its complex origin and development, tropical or not.
i wish names were confined to hurricanes.
I do believe the whole point of names are to:
1) Be able to say (for example) Danny is heading North, Erin is in the Carribean, and Franklin is by the CV islands; Instead of saying Storm 1 at 31.6 N 40.6 W, Storm 2 at 10.35 N 20.66W, etc etc. Its easier to say names than coordinates.
2) Would you rather say: "Oh Katrina, that was a bad storm" or "Oh The Great Levee Break System of 2005, that was a bad storm". Easier to remember instead of the old way of place, year, etc.
Nameing is just another statistic, some people like ACE, some like MH, some like NS. Its not BAD that you like NS over ACE or whatever. Also, If we only name Hurricanes, then all the Tropical Storms of lets say 70mph arent important? Or the ones that flood places? aka Fay, Allison...The WMO says we name TS, so we do. Simple.