35th Anniversary of Men’s name added to Atlantic hurricane lists


Women’s names have been used for Atlantic hurricanes since 1953, but the practice had always been controversial. In 1978, the responsibility for the name lists was transferred from the U.S. Government to delegates of the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee.  The Carter Administration, in response to pressure from feminist groups, requested the Committee adopt the Australian custom (adopted in 1975) to include male as well as female monikers.  Since the Atlantic hurricane name list had already been adopted for that year the change over for the Atlantic was initiated in 1979.

Two of the most notable hurricanes that year bore men’s names, David and Frederic.  So both names were retired after their first use.

    1979 Atlantic Hurricane Names
Ana             Henri         Odette
Bob             Isabel        Peter
Claudette    Juan          Rose
David*       Kate           Sam
Elena          Larry          Teresa
Frederic*  Mindy          Victor
Gloria        Nicholas    Wanda



The laboratory that is now HRD flew missions in three of the systems, all male-named, during the year.  Click on the links for more information on the flights.  A good number of studies came out of these missions, including:


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Powell, M. D., 1982:  The Transition of the Hurricane Frederic Boundary-Layer Wind Field from the Open Gulf of Mexico to Landfall.  Mon. Wea. Rev.110, 1912-1932.

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