Why We Name The Weather

An article exploring the tradition of naming storms and other extreme weather events.

A one-off article in the wake of early 2018’s “Beast from the East”, looking at the history of why we name the weather. Here’s an excerpt:

The United States was not the first to give personal names to hurricanes. That honor goes to a man named Clement “Wet” Wragge, the Government Meteorologist for Queensland, Australia, between 1887 and 1907. Tall, thin, and known for his “mop of flaming red hair, explosive temper and the adjectival luxuriance of a bullocky”—someone who drives teams of bullocks—Wragge seems to have been quite the character.

Read the whole article on How We Get To Next.