Cyclone Season

Cyclone season in Samoa is from December to April every year, so it's that time of year. We've been hit and we've been missed and we've had a few close calls, it's always a waiting game. A waiting, hoping and praying game. This year, is no exception. Tropical Cyclone Tam is forming to the north west of Samoa and moving away from us. According to Asia Pacific Disaster Alerts Cyclone Tam:

is a weak cyclone and moving quite quickly, damage is not likely to be too significant.
Sounds reassuring but cyclones are known for their unpredictability and here's a big nasty flick of the bugger for dramatic effect.

Satellite pic of Tropical Cyclone Tam, taken yesterday.
All the red and yellow bits is wind activity, the more red the faster the wind gusts. And the circled islands - well, thats us.


According to one of my friends that works at Department of Meteorology:

Tropical cyclone Urmil developed at 3am and was named at 10am this morning. It was located 130 nautical miles southwest of Savaii at 10 am this morning. It is
moving away though but we are only expencing heavy rain and strong winds. Brace yourselves more coming there is alot of activities within the region.
It should probably worry me more that there's another cyclone around that might hit us but all this cyclone activity is nothing out of the norm for this time of year for us here in the islands, but still a concern not to be taken lightly. Especially considering today's date. *gulps* However, upon hearing news of the formation of Cyclone Urmil my first thought was - What kind of a name is Urmil!? They are seriously running out of names for these things.

According to naming hurricanes isn't quite as simple as picking something catchy. I quote:

Each year, the first tropical storm of the season is given a name that starts with A, the second storm is given a name that starts with a B, and so on (the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z are not used becasue there are few common names starting with these letters). Women's and men's names are alternated. The name lists are made up by meteorologists at the World Meteorological Organization
There are different name lists for Atlantic and eastern Pacific tropical storms. Storms are named as soon as the winds are 39 mph or more. The names of very destructive storms (like Andrew, Camille, Hugo, and Katrina) are retired (they are never used again).
That would explain why Urmil came after Tam... but still, URMIL! And they might actually use it AGAIN! Cyclones should be given names that envoke fear and trepidation like Brutus or Ceasar or something. Urmil sounds like a name you would give your preschool aged sisters turtle. And he's doesn't bite.

I'll never understand.