Typhoons, How Do They Get Their Names?

Did you ever wonder how the typhoons got their names?
posted on: Friday, December 5, 2014
Eliezer Sanchez
music enthusiast, self-proclaimed writer. #PopPunk isn't dead!

Typhoon Haiyan or locally known as Yolanda made an impact globally, no need to mention how. Wait, haven’t you asked yourself where and how do they get those names for typhoons?

Here’s the gist of it:


It started at the dawn of the 20th century that foreign forecasters have named tropical storms after people, originally female names. Filipino weather forecasters also followed that naming system starting 1963, using people’s names, and in alphabetical order.


The World Meteorological Organization proposed a new naming system (January 2000) for tropical cyclones. The names are nominated by the participating 14 Asian countries which now include names of flowers, animals, foods and others.


Still, Filipino weather forecasters continued the traditional naming, thus, we often hear two names for each storm: the PAGASA name which are the ones we know locally and the International name.


So annually, authorities from our weather agency gather and decide names for the foreseen typhoons coming in the country for the current year (yes, they do it selfishly! Haha!). Also, those names applied to storms and typhoons that are so destructive will be put in the Retirement List and will never be used again.

Hala! Kusog ning bagyuha kay babaye!”


My mom always mumbles…

For you guys who heard those words from older folks, yes, it might be true! Yet there is no scientific proof or explanation. Maybe it’s because of tradition and coincidence; if you look it up on the web, female typhoon names are really destructive.


But whether male or female name, we should always be prepared, partnered with prayers and faith: Everything will be alright.


So stay safe guys and blast those Weather Anthems of yours to calm you a bit.


Prayers to you!