Sometimes truth is better than fiction and if you put something in a story no one would believe it because it’s just a little too on the nose. This week is a perfect example.
Tropical Storm Don has been moving through the Atlantic for less than 24-hours but it already seems to be losing steam. However, not all is calm as a new tropical storm depression in the Pacific, which is likely to be named ‘Hilary,’ is keeping the NOAA busy.
While Tropical Storm Don weakens in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Hilary is about to form in the Pacific: https://t.co/cG09uSEmEB
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) July 18, 2017
And before you think, “No way. Those names had to be planned,” it’s actually an amusing coincidence. According to the NOAA,
“NOAA’s National Hurricane Center does not control the naming of tropical storms. Instead, there is a strict procedure established by the World Meteorological Organization. For Atlantic hurricanes, there is a list of male and female names which are used on a six-year rotation.”
Of course, people couldn’t help but take note of the hilarity of Tropical Storm Don being chased by Tropical Storm Hilary in a real life oceanic event.
Bet you Hurricane Hillary will have a 99.1% of making landfall then end up drifting out to sea. https://t.co/QjcpIGBZc8
— Thomas Peters @ 🏠 (@AmericanPapist) July 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Don will tell you how much damage it will do and then fizzle out and blame Hurricane Hillary.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 17, 2017