Maria, Max, Harvey. How do hurricanes get named?

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:40 AM


            Team leader Joey Rivera gives a speech while feelings of frustration surround the members of the rescue team from the municipality of Humacao, desperate to go out to attend several calls for help from citizens in need of assistance during the impact of Maria, a Category 5 hurricane that started to hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Puerto Rico faced Wednesday what officials said could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company’s crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
Team leader Joey Rivera gives a speech while feelings of frustration surround the members of the rescue team from the municipality of Humacao, desperate to go out to attend several calls for help from citizens in need of assistance during the impact of Maria, a Category 5 hurricane that started to hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Puerto Rico faced Wednesday what officials said could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company’s crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Maria, Max, Irma, Harvey. Just how do hurricanes get their names?

As parts of Florida gets pounded by Hurricane Irma and Southern Texas starts to recover from Hurricane Harvey, meteorologists are monitoring the storms and preparing for what’s next. Though the storms are often hard to predict, their names are not.

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The World Meteorological Organization maintains and updates six alphabetically arranged lists for Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific, and Central North Pacific tropical storms. The lists are used in rotation and recycled every six years — names used in 2017 will be used again in 2023.

“Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

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The list of names for Atlantic tropical storms for 2017 include: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney. Hurricanes are named after humans because it’s easier to remember than meteorological terms or numbers.

“If a storm forms in the off-season, it will take the next name in the list based on the current calendar date. For example, if a tropical cyclone formed on Dec. 28, it would take the name from the previous season’s list of names. If a storm formed in February, it would be named from the subsequent season’s list of names. In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

Learn more about the history of how hurricanes are named.

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VP Mike Pence ready for secret meeting with North Korea, but North backs out

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:05 PM

Vice President Mike Pence, and seond lady, Karen Pence are pictured just in front of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong  (back left) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  
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Vice President Mike Pence, and seond lady, Karen Pence are pictured just in front of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong (back left) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets.

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Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but did not speak to her, creating a media sensation.

The North canceled the meeting just two hours before Pence was scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and another North Korean state official, Kim Yong Nam, on Feb. 10 after Pence announced new sanctions against the North Korean regime during his trip and rebuked it for its nuclear program, according to the Washington Post, which was the first to report on the secret meeting.

“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” the vice president’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

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News of the secret meeting comes as relations between the communist north and democratic south seem to be thawing in recent weeks with the announcement last month from Kim Jong-un that he was sending a delegation to the Olympics. He sent his sister to lead the group.

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“We regret [the North Koreans'] failure to seize this opportunity," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. "We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death."

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Pence said he planned to use his trip to the Olympics to prevent North Korea from using the games as a ploy for favorable propaganda on the communist regime.

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Rain continues into the morning; wet commute, reduced visibility expected

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the rain Wednesday and who could see some light freezing rain Thursday.

>> Record-breaking warmth this week 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain returns this morning, chance storm
  • Rounds of rain continue into weekend
  • Flood threat lingers

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Rain with the chance for a few thunderstorms will continue to move into the Miami Valley this morning. The commute will likely be wet so drivers should slow down and watch for pockets of heavy rain that could drop visibility. A very mild morning, but temperatures drop during the day behind the cold front to the upper 30s and low 40s by the end of the afternoon. Rounds of rain showers continue through the afternoon and evening hours, but won’t be as heavy. The roads will stay wet for the drive home and it could get cold enough at night for some freezing rain to develop. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Temperatures, especially in the northern Miami Valey, should reach the low to mid 40s. Scattered rain showers in the morning will mix with freezing rain in some spots, however, temperatures will quickly climb to above freezing, limiting any major impact. Road temperature may also stay warm enough to limit problems, but conditions could get slick briefly in some areas. The rest of the day will be dry in most cities as highs reach the upper 40s. 

FRIDAY: Another wave of energy will bring widespread showers back to the Miami Valley. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Rain may fall heavy in some spots, keeping the flood threat elevated for low lying cities, creeks, and streams. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: We’ll see scattered showers at times, especially in the afternoon. A breezy day with highs in the upper 50s. 

SUNDAY: Morning showers come to an end with it being windy and cooler at times as highs peak in the low 50s. These temperatures will drop quickly into the evening. 

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Man suffers life-threatening injuries after being ejected from vehicle in Springfield crash

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:56 AM

Springfield crash seriously injures one person

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m: One man suffered life-threatening injuries after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving in a Springfield crash Wednesday morning, according to officials.

>> Driver extricated, highway reopens after crash on SB I-75

Springfield police say the man was traveling south on Limestone Street at a high-rate speed when he hit a tree and then hit a pole just after 4 a.m.

He was taken to an area hospital.

Limestone Street was blocked off as a result of the crash.

A traffic reconstruction team responded to the scene as well. 

INITIAL REPORT

One person sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened shortly after 4 a.m. on Limestone Street near Chestnut Avenue, according to reports. One person sustained a serious injury, and a traffic reconstruction team is responding.

This story will be updated as we learn additional details.

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