26 May 26 Typhoon Names to Enter Philippines in 2016: How PAGASA Came Up with Such Typhoon Names?
On May 25, Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA released a full list of typhoon names that will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year 2016. It can also be recalled that a day before, PAGASA also announced that the Philippines has already shifted from dry season to wet season, officially.
On the said list, names such as Helen, Karen, Nina and Vicky were included. Check out the full list being shown below.
In the past years, Philippines is observed to be visited by an average of 20 typhoons a year, and so, PAGASA has already prepared reserved auxiliary names arranged from A to J of at least 10 more in case the 25 names in the list are all exhausted.
Wonder how PAGASA came up with such typhoon names? It was in 1999 when PAGASA conducted a contest of which thousands of names were submitted. The chosen names were then first used in 2001, with a list of female Filipino nicknames ending with “ng” replaced with the new list.
PAGASA keeps 4 sets of typhoon names which are being used every 4 years. And this year’s set was similarly used last 2008 and 2012.
The regular typhoon names are arranged alphabetically starting from letter A up to Z, excluding letter X. And for this year, the first typhoon name is Ambo, to Butchoy, and so on. For the next year, the next set of typhoon names will be followed.
Just a piece of advice, don’t forget to always bring with you coats and umbrellas to avoid getting wet in the rain. Keep safe everyone!