93L Coming Onshore Florida. TS Ian Out At Sea. Invest 95L Cape Verde Wave Westbound. What Do We Call Hurricanes or Invests After They Lose their Status as Hurricanes? Good Question...
After Hurricane Sandy there was a huge discussion that the NHC should not have dropped the word Hurricane but kept it until after landfall. If you remember some Mayor of NYC told the media he wasn't worried because as he was told the Hurricane wasn't coming to NYC. Something like that ... trying to keep it short here. The NHC being a very scientific, government agency has lots of rules. They can't simply wake up early, have a round table discussion and toss a dice to decide what to call Hermine this morning. They have a lot of responsibility riding on their shoulders and government jobs are well... government jobs. The Weather Channel can call it whatever it wants and ABC News in NYC can and will use any graphic they decide as they don't have to answer to anyone but their viewers. It's not easy being the NHC and if you criticize any part of a problem they take it sort of personally. Bryan Norcross who is BRYAN NORCROSS made a few suggestions and most of the people on his Facebook Page agreed with him. As he knows the pulse of the person reading this blog I'd give some thought to what he said vs taking it personally.
What to call a storm that forms, falls apart, goes extratropical or subtropical in a highly populated area in today's world where most people get their news on their phone in abbreviated form is a problem. Why? Because the main concern we have is to get the word out to the public and warn them as early as possible with the most information possible. And we don't like to be confusing.
I suggest if it has a name we just keep the name and give the facts. Rather than saying Post Tropical Storm Julia is transitioning into an Extratropical storm with a wider wind field and... the average person has moved on to Snapchat, Pinterest and T-mobile Tuesdays Ads on their App to see if they can see their favorite movie cheap tonight. Yes, sadly we have short attention spans these days though if you attempt to read my blog I know you can do a long read. Thanks.
"HERMINE 70 MPH MOVING WNW @15 MPH Click on Link for Watches and Warnings"
Note Hermine didn't even need a Hashtag everyone knew you were referring to the system that was given the name Hermine that was once Invest 99L and briefly Tropical Depression 9. You don't even have to call it Hurricane or Tropical Storm because people want basic facts, fast. You don't have to get into deep discussion except for in the Tropical Discussion in the link available for anyone to read who wants to go deep into discussion. People want to know where 'HERMINE" is or #Hermine and in today's world that is the way of the world. Deep discussion on terms can be shown in the link and in truth the graphics put up usually show the size of the wind field or should. The truth is................. people just want to know WHERE THE WEATHER IS and IF THEY ARE GETTING ANY. Not yelling, that was for emphasis. Just the facts, are they getting weather and if so how strong is the wind. Actually they want to know "Do they need to put shutters up?"
People like honesty. In Florida Invest 92L is coming ashore as a tropical wave kicking up convection and making the rush hour even more difficult. No one is going to think it's about to go viral because it's referred to as 92L. To paraphrase Annie.. it's a Hashtag World out there. Shakespeare could write a play debating names but in 2016 where the need for information rules.. we are on warp speed these days for good or for bad.
You don't have to call it Hurricane Hermine when it is has 45 MPH winds and is going in circles looping offshore waiting for a cold front to take it out to sea. You can simply say "Hermine 45 MPH Winds Stalls Off OBX" the general public will know what you mean. I know it's not scientific but there is a lot today that is not scientific and it's better than looking for some name like SUPERSTORM or DANGEROUS STORM it's obviously Hermine with 45 MPH winds stalled off of OBX" and if you live in the Outer Banks you know what OBX stands for..
Nuff Said. Just my thoughts here on a blog that is a long read for people who think 180 characters on Twitter are too many and if U think 180 is 2 many got to tell you stay away from Snapchat. Really.
Hashtag Name Link with a possible graphic of wind field. But don't make it too complicated or people think you are playing games with them. When you see a yellow X and your friend says "no it's an orange circle" you feel you are being played. In truth the NHC is trying hard to keep up with the fast moving world of the Internet and Social Media. We haven't made it transformers yet but stay tuned we may get there in your life time!
Explanation on name definitions: