Hurricane season begins today (June 1) in the Atlantic and lasts through November. AP recently tweeted some helpful tips, and the stylebook is a good resource if you want to delve deeper. Some points to remember:
- Capitalize hurricane when it’s part of a name – e.g., Hurricane Emily.
- Hurricanes don’t have sexes, no matter what the name. They should be referred to as it, not he or she.
- Capitalize category and use a numeral when you give a hurricane’s strength – e.g., Category 5.
- Avoid bad and sexist puns when using hurricane names. AP’s hurricane entry in the stylebook is worth quoting in full: “And do not use the presence of a woman’s name as an excuse to attribute sexist images of women’s behavior to a storm. Avoid, for example, such sentences as: The fickle Hazel teased the Louisiana coast.”
It’s also tornado season, and Lisa Glowinski blogged recently with some tornado tips. See the AP stylebook entry under weather terms for more information on tornadoes and hurricanes.
AP tweeted the pronunciation of Ratko Mladic the other day. It’s RAHT'-koh MLAH'-dich.
And here’s your handy style guide to some June holidays:
- Flag Day (June 14)
- Bloomsday (June 16)
- Juneteenth (June 19)
- Father’s Day (June 19)
Does anyone know without looking them up what Bloomsday and Juneteenth commemorate? Leave a comment below, and you’ll win a prize – my admiration.