Friday, 10 June 2011

Gathering clouds

The first typhoon warning of the year today prompted me to post some appropriate 'ímpending storm' photos taken a while ago. In truth, today's weather was fine and very hot, with no sign of tropical storm Sarika approaching other than an incredible level of stickiness.

In case you were wondering, all the East Asian countries and, for some reason, the US, get to contribute to the list of names for typhoons  and these are used on a rotating basis. The name Sarika was put forward by Cambodia and refers to a songbird, apparently.

Another interesting factoid is that if a storm causes extensive loss of life or material damage in the past year, its name can be withdrawn from the list (serves it right) and replaced with a new one. In May, three new names were picked.

Let's hope no new names need to be chosen next year.

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