Hurricane names

I was listening to Science Friday on NPR and the host was interviewing Adam Alter. As many of you know people tend to favor the initial of their own first and last names. Apparently, if a hurricane begins with the same initial as your name you are more likely to donate to storm relief.


April 7, 2013 7:35 AM

That is fascinating. Which are the most commonly-used letters in American names? I would guess A, J, K, and M for first and last names combined. That would have covered Andrew and Katrina--but my guess is that the biggest storms get donations regardless of their names.

April 7, 2013 10:16 PM

He did talk about using that information to intentionally name storms with the most common initials.  I believe he said it was "J" for boys and "K" for girls, but I'm not 100% sure on that one.

April 7, 2013 11:23 PM

Well, anyone born in the '80s likely knows more than a few people of both genders whose names start with J, so that's probably a good place to start if you're targetting people in their late 20s to 30s!

Jessica, Jennifer, Jason, Justin, Jonathan, Jacqueline, Julie, Joshua, Jared, Jeremy, Jamie... And I came up with those within a few seconds, with zero effort, just thinking about people I knew in school :)

May 15, 2013 10:34 PM

Dagnabbit. I hope Gabrielle doesn't turn out to be a big storm. Katrina is already ruined for us. :-(

May 16, 2013 2:00 AM

Every year I would look at the list and wonder if one of them would be the Big One that would flood New Orleans.  Now I know, and living in the desert now I no longer feel anxiety when I review the names.