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Tropical Storm Names

The Question: What is the origin of naming tropical storms and when did this practice begin? The Answer: During World War II, meteorologists in…

Cienfuegos

(Encyclopedia) Cienfuegos syānfwā´gōs, city (1995 est. pop. 125,000), capital of Cienfuegos prov., central Cuba, a port on the Caribbean Sea. It is the marketing and processing center of a region…

Gonaïves

(Encyclopedia) Gonaïves gōnäēv´, city (1995 est. pop. 59,000), W Haiti, a port on the Gulf of Gonâve and capital of Artibonite dept. The region's agricultural products (including coffee, cotton…

Leyte

(Encyclopedia) Leyte lā´tē, –tā, island (1990 pop. 1,689,756), 2,785 sq mi (7,213 sq km), one of the Visayan Islands, the Philippines, between Luzon and Mindanao. A fertile agricultural land, it is…

storm

(Encyclopedia) storm, disturbance of the ordinary conditions of the atmosphere attended by wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail, or thunder and lightning. Types of storms include the extratropical cyclone,…

hurricane

(Encyclopedia) hurricane, tropical cyclone in which winds attain speeds greater than 74 mi (119 km) per hr. Wind speeds gust over 200 mi (320 km) per hr in some hurricanes. The term is often…

Houston

(Encyclopedia) Houston, city (1990 pop. 1,630,553), seat of Harris co., SE Tex., a deepwater port on the Houston Ship Channel; inc. 1837. Economy The fourth largest city in the nation and the…

Humboldt, Alexander, Freiherr von

(Encyclopedia) Humboldt, Alexander, Freiherr von hŭm´bōlt, Ger. älĕksän´dər frī´hĕr fən ho͝om´bôlt, 1769–1859, German naturalist, inventor, explorer, and author, the most eminent scientist of his…

September 2019 Current Events: Disaster News

Top of Page US News | Science & Technology News | US News The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news…

November 2020 Current Events: Disaster News

Top of Page Science and Technology News | World News | US News The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news…