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However, the naming convention began in earnest when western North Pacific World War II forecasters began informally naming tropical storms after their girlfriends and wives. This practice became entrenched in the system, and beginning in 1945 Northwest Pacific storms officially were given female names. , Able, Baker, Charlie). S. Weather Bureau switched to a female list of names. The Northeast Pacific began this convention for the Hawaii region in 1959 and for the rest of the basin in 1960. Southwest India storms were first named during the 19601961 season.

Holland. tropical storms and hurricanes form between August 15 and October 15. The Atlantic hurricane season "peaks" around September 10. In contrast, hurricanes occur year-round in the western North Pacific, with a longer active regime lasting from July to November and peaking around September 1. In general, this pattern exists for other basins (with a late summer peak), although Southern Hemisphere hurricanes are six months out of phase. The exception is the North Indian basin, where there are two peaks, one in May and one in November (the reason for this will be discussed later).

Edited by G. Holland. tropical storms and hurricanes form between August 15 and October 15. The Atlantic hurricane season "peaks" around September 10. In contrast, hurricanes occur year-round in the western North Pacific, with a longer active regime lasting from July to November and peaking around September 1. In general, this pattern exists for other basins (with a late summer peak), although Southern Hemisphere hurricanes are six months out of phase. The exception is the North Indian basin, where there are two peaks, one in May and one in November (the reason for this will be discussed later).

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