Have you ever wondered how hurricanes are named ? This is what we intend to find out with research on conventions used now and those adopted and discarded through years of weather watching.
In old times, hurricanes were given a saint's name, depending upon which saint's feast day did hurricane happen on. Just before second world war, another system was introduced that named hurricanes with latitude-longitude positions. However, it proved to be a bit of a problem when communicating because people's names were much easier to comprehend and remember.
Surprisingly, object that most influenced modern naming conventions is 1941 fictional novel by George Stewart called Storm. In fact right after its release, weather stations starting naming hurricanes after women. The book narrates exploit of a storm and its victims during its twelve day course after its touchdown inside California. At start of story we meet a meteorologist that has a thing of naming storms after women, which he does because it is only way that helps him to process his job's information. Maria is name that he gives to storm in this book.
Ten years after a new proposal started being used which named hurricanes by using a phonetic alphabet (Able, Baker, Charlie) thinking that it would make communications easier, just like with radio. This proved to be also too confusing, so using female names was readopted within two years.
It was in 1978 which finally set naming method as it is tpday, which includes people's names from both genders. The names being used, are designated at international meetings of World Meteorological Organization. These names have an English, French, Spanish, and Dutch origin since hurricanes hit different regions from around globe and are tracked by public and weather services of many countries.