Met Dept to amend cyclone names
The Meteorology Department has decided to amend the names proposed by
Sri Lanka for cyclonic storms.
Director General S H Kariyawasam said this decision was taken
considering the resentments lately caused by naming the recent cyclone
in the Bay of Bengal as Mahasen.
He said the names were proposed before 2004. He said the names would
be amended to prevent such opposition in the future.
The names were selected by members of the ESCAP/WMO panel on Tropical
Cyclones between 2000 and May 2004, before the Regional Specialized
Meteorological Centre in New Delhi started to assign names in September
The proposed names from Sri Lanka in line after Mahasen include Priya,
Asiri, Gigum and Soba. The next tropical cyclone within this region is
to be named Phailin, a name suggested by Thailand.
The practice of naming storms (tropical cyclones) began years ago to
help in the quick identification of storms in warning messages because
names are presumed to be far easier to remember than numbers and
Past experiences have shown that the use of short, distinctive names
given names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and
less subject to error than the older more cumbersome latitude-longitude
These advantages are important in exchanging detailed storm
information between hundreds of widely scattered stations, coastal bases
and ships at sea, Kariyawasam said.