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Good work on the newsletter! I think it should be sent out tomorrow to coincide with the start of the hurricane season. There are only a few people signed up for it, but considering it's the first day of hurricane season, maybe we should send the newsletter to basically everyone in the project? What do you think? ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 12:34, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

June 2019 WPTC NewsletterEdit

Volume XIV, Issue 39, May 31, 2019

The Hurricane Herald is the arbitrarily periodical newsletter of WikiProject Tropical Cyclones. The newsletter aims to provide in summary the recent activities and developments of the WikiProject, in addition to global tropical cyclone activity. The Hurricane Herald has been running since its first edition ran on June 4, 2006; it has been almost thirteen years since that time. If you wish to receive or discontinue subscription to this newsletter, please visit the mailing list. This issue of The Hurricane Herald covers all project related events from April 14–May 31, 2019. This edition's editor and author is Hurricane Noah (talk · contribs).

Please visit this page and bookmark any suggestions of interest to you. This will help improve the newsletter and other cyclone-related articles. Past editions can be viewed here.

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Article of the month, by Jason Rees

History of tropical cyclone naming - The practice of using names to identify tropical cyclones goes back several centuries, with storms named after places, saints or things they hit before the formal start of naming in each basin. The credit for the first usage of personal names for weather systems is given to the Queensland Government Meteorologist Clement Wragge, who named tropical cyclones and anticyclones between 1887 and 1907. This system of naming fell into disuse for several years after Wragge retired, until it was revived in the latter part of World War II for the Western Pacific basin. Over the following decades, various naming schemes have been introduced for the world's oceans, including for parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and the Indian Ocean. The majority of these lists are compiled by the World Meteorological Organization's tropical cyclone committee for the region and include names from different cultures as well as languages. Over the years there has been controversy over the names used at various times, with names being dropped for religious and political reasons. For example, female names were exclusively used in the basins at various times between 1945 - 2000 and were the subject of several protests. The names of significant tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Australian region are retired from the naming lists and replaced with another name, at meetings of the various tropical cyclone committees.

Storm of the month and other tropical activity

Cyclone Fani was an extremely severe cyclonic storm that made landfall in Odisha, India on May 3. The storm achieved peak intensity as a near Category 5-equivalent cyclone with 3-minute sustained winds of 215 km/h (130 mph), 1-minute sustained winds of 250 km/h (155 mph), and a minimum central pressure of 937 hPa (mbar). Fani caused over $1.8 billion (2019 USD) in damage in India and Bangladesh and killed at least 89 people.

Since the last newsletter, twelve systems have formed.

  • Southwest Indian Ocean
    In the Southwest Indian Ocean, Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Mozambique approximately 1 month after Cyclone Idai, causing widespread flooding and destruction. Overall, Kenneth killed at least 52 people and caused more than $100 million in damage. Additionally, Tropical Cyclone Lorna formed over the eastern portion of the basin in late April and dissipated in early May without affecting land.
  • Australian Region
    In the Australian Region, cyclones Lili and Ann formed in early May and both affected land. No deaths were reported, although Lili caused moderate damage in the Maluku Islands and East Timor.
  • South Pacific
    In the South Pacific, a tropical depression formed in mid-may, but failed to intensify and dissipated a few days later.
  • South Atlantic
    In the South Atlantic, Subtropical Storm Jaguar formed in late May and lasted for approximately two days before becoming extratropical.
  • Western Pacific
    In the Western Pacific, three weak tropical depressions existed during the first half of May.
  • North Atlantic
    In the North Atlantic, Subtropical Storm Andrea formed on the same day as Jaguar, but failed to intensify and dissipated on the next day.

  • The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15.
  • The Atlantic hurricane season will begin at 2:00 AM EDT on June 1.
  • The Central Pacific hurricane season will begin sometime after 12:00 AM HST on June 1.
Recent storms of the month
Edition Storm
36 Cyclone Idai
35 Typhoon Wutip (2019)

New WikiProject Members since the last newsletter in April 2019

More information can be found here. This list lists members who have joined/rejoined the WikiProject since the release of the last issue in April 2019. Sorted chronologically. Struckout users denote users who have left or have been banned.

To our new members: welcome to the project, and happy editing! Feel free to check the to-do list at the bottom right of the newsletter for things that you might want to work on. To our veteran members: thank you for your edits and your tireless contributions!

Editorial for welcoming new users, by Hurricanehink

Every year, editors new and old help maintain the new season of season articles. The older users are likely used to the standards of the project, such as how to Wikilink and reference properly. Newer users might make mistakes, and they might make them over and over again if they don't know better. If anyone (who happens to read this) comes across a new user, please don't bite, because with enough pushback, they'll decide that this group of editors is too mean, and unfun. This is all a volunteer project; no one can force anyone to do anything. We're all on here because of our love of knowledge and tropical cyclones. If you find someone new, consider using the official WPTC welcome template - Wikipedia:WikiProject Tropical cyclones/Welcome.

I also encourage that if you know any tropical cyclone researchers, please speak up and try recruiting them to edit. Veteran editors can't keep editing forever. Life gets busy, and the real world beckons!

Member of the month (edition) – Yellow Evan

Yellow Evan has been involved with WPTC since 2008. Since the last newsletter, Yellow Evan has taken 5 typhoon articles to good article status as well as created 2 more. Overall, he has created and/or significantly contributed to more than 130 good articles. Your work in the Western Pacific Basin is invaluable... Thank you for your contributions!

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  Featured Content

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From April 14–May 31, 2019, 1 featured article was promoted:

WikiProject Tropical Cyclones: News & Developments

  • An awards program for the project began on May 31. It involves 25 levels that may be gained by earning points for completing various actions such as getting good or featured articles. Additional awards will be added in the future.
  • As of this news letter, there are more articles ranked a good article or better (1317) than articles ranked B-class or worse (1272), for the first time in the project's history.
  • Every Atlantic hurricane season from 1945 to 2007 is rated at least a GA. That is an impressive feat, and an incredibly body of work among many editors.
  • Cyclone Raja became the 150th featured article in the project. Thanks to all of the editors and their tireless edits for writing 2.7% of all of Wikipedia's featured articles.
  • In the 24 hours after Hurricane Michael's TCR was released, the article on the hurricane was edited 82 times by 18 different users.
  • In March 2019, the most popular article in the project was Cyclone Idai, viewed 231,969 times during the month. The generic cyclone was 2nd most popular, with 131,080 views. In 3rd place was Hurricane Katrina with 112,283 views. Included in the top 20 were the 2018 and 19 Atlantic hurricane seasons, hurricanes Michael, Florence, Irma, Maria, and Harvey, and the 1896 Cedar Keys hurricane, which was TFA on March 20th.

New articles since the last newsletter include:

New GA's include:

Current assessment table

Assessments valid as of this printing. Depending on when you may be viewing this newsletter, the table may be outdated. See here for the latest, most up to date statistics.
As of this issue, there are 150 featured articles and 69 featured lists. There are 142 A-class articles, but that number is subject to change, depending if we mandate that all A-class articles have an A-class review first. There are 956 good articles, meaning it is possible we get to our 1000th GA by the end of the year. There are only 61 B-class articles, perhaps because because most articles of that quality already passed a GA review. There are 350 C-class articles, 720 start-class articles, and 141 stub-class articles, with 29 lists and 8 current articles. The number of lists may decrease further as the "Tropical cyclone X" articles continue to be reclassified as set index articles. These figures mean that nearly half of the project is rated a GA or better - including the lists/current/future articles, there are 1272 articles that are below GA status, versus 1317 that are GA or better.

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From the Main Page documents WikiProject related materials that have appeared on the main page from April 14–May 31, 2019 in chronological order.

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Project Goals & Progress

The following is the current progress on the three milestone goals set by the WikiProject as of this publishing. They can be found, updated, at the main WikiProject page.

250 featured pages87.2% complete
150 featured articles99.3% complete
1500 good articles87.2% complete
All articles to C-class or better66.8% complete

NoahTalk 22:31, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:United States Presidential CabinetEdit

 Template:United States Presidential Cabinet has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Frietjes (talk) 15:46, 2 June 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/1900 Galveston hurricane/archive1Edit

Hello, Hurricane Noah. I noticed you left some comments on the FAC for the 1900 Galveston hurricane. I want to ask for some clarification about one of those comments. The one in question is this: "Watch your significant figures. Some values need more places and others less." Am I right in assuming that you want me to take another look at how I'm rounding the units of measure? If this is correct, I might be willing to do that. However, I noticed that you didn't exactly do that with Carlotta and neither myself nor anyone else mentioned that in the FAC for Carlotta. Please correct me if I misinterpreted your comment. Thanks for commenting, by the way--12george1 (talk) 19:40, 2 June 2019 (UTC)

No wait, I think I see what you're talking about. You mean like how I have 17 ft (5 m) in one sentence and 17 ft (5.2 m) in another sentence?--12george1 (talk) 19:46, 2 June 2019 (UTC)
@12george1: Yes... 17 has 2 sig figs, so it should be 5.2 in the conversion. In other places, you have too many sig figs. All has to do with the official rules set by the people who maintain the SI unit thingamajigger. I found out in Chemistry 1100 and Physics 1201 that rounded off values are incorrect. When converting from imperial to metric, you multiply by a number (every inch is 2.54 cm for example). The number with the least sig figs determines the number of sig figs in the converted value. Please note that exact numbers do not follow sig fig rules and therefore have indefinite significant figures (examples are 12 in = 1 ft or 100 years in a century). NoahTalk 22:50, 2 June 2019 (UTC)

Re: AwardsEdit

First off, congrats on Carlotta passing, and good luck on Rosa. I’ll review after I’ve finished a review for 1900 Galveston (need to do spot checks).

As for the awards, you still have some rare/common elements that would work for the awards, like Gold, Silver, Platinum, Nickel, Copper, Iron, Silicon, Yttrium, Darmstadtium, Meitnerium, etc. (kinda kidding about last two, but maybe pick a really obscure element). Or I guess if we’re being technical, maybe it should be the elements that make up the atmosphere, so Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Neon, Helium, etc. What do you think would work? Hurricanehink mobile (talk) 13:19, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

@Hurricanehink: Rosa has been withdrawn and archived as there were some serious issues that I more or less read over when I looked at it. Apparently, the issues are so bad they would warrant a good article reassessment if not fixed. Sometimes you miss the flaws in your own work or don't catch when others make changes. As for the awards, I don't know how the atmosphere ones would work, but that could be interesting. NoahTalk 14:13, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
Ah, sorry to hear about Rosa, but keep in mind, FAC should be for the articles of the utmost highest quality. I have a queue of articles I intend to nom, but I know there will be a lot of tiny things I have to address before I do so. ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 17:54, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
@Hurricanehink:Well, I likely will have a new featured nomination soon... whenever I finish it. NoahTalk 18:18, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

A small requestEdit

Hi there Noah. I was wondering if you would be able to have a read through of the article on Cyclone Nora that I wrote. I put a lot of time and effort into that article, and I just want to know if there is any chance that it might pass a GA assessment if I were to nominate it. If not, are there any obvious things that need fixing? ChocolateTrain (talk) 01:43, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

@ChocolateTrain: Okay, I will take a look tomorrow (June 14 for me). NoahTalk 01:52, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
@Hurricane Noah: Thank you! ChocolateTrain (talk) 13:04, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

EPAC TS’s 2000–presentEdit

Congrats and great work for getting another list done! I’ll review it for FLC when I get a chance. I’m really surprised and proud that you’ve done so well sticking to that set of articles. Just another few hundred storms to add for the next sandbox? No pressure, you’ll do fine 😜 Hurricanehink mobile (talk) 12:32, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@Hurricanehink: Actually, it is slightly less than the one I just nominated. However, the 1949–1979 one will be over 15% larger than the one I just nominated, but you won't be able to tell byte-wise due to lack of TCRs. I will create the main article once these child articles are all done so I can make summary sections for each one. The pre-1949 TSs and landfalls will be the only ones appearing in table format on the main article. NoahTalk 14:35, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
By main article, what sort of title were you thinking? List of Pacific hurricanes by intensity? You could save the time and just make it part of Pacific hurricane. Granted, that could also include off-season storms and retired storms. The article is start-class, sure, but it's well-cited, and mostly it's just disorganized. Just an idea, not sure how you're planning to cap off this epic project, but it's exciting that it's almost done! Really good work all around :) ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 15:38, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
@Hurricanehink:By main article, I meant "List of Eastern Pacific tropical storms"... just a main article in terms of tropical storms. Also, for the list I just started, I didn't list any deaths for TS Elida '96 since the source is not working. The title says "Hurricane Marty" on the reference which makes me doubt it. The main page for the data site is archived, but I can't get past that. The 6 deaths simply are unverifiable. Anyways, I am looking forward to your review for the 2000–present list. NoahTalk 16:40, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
Do you think such an article is needed? I imagine it would be more of a dab page. As for Elida, the reference in question is {{EM-DAT}}. I think it lists Marty because the reference was used on the Marty article. It's basically a worldwide disaster database. They restricted access, but someone in the project might have access. @Jason Rees:? @Yellow Evan:? ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 18:10, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
I have indeed got access to EM-DAT - its a free database that anyone can register to use AFAIK.Jason Rees (talk) 18:55, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, Hink is correct here re: Elida. YE Pacific Hurricane 20:39, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
@Hurricanehink:Yes, the article is needed. It will provide the full background and climatology, overview sections for all the lists, and information on all the landfalls. Additionally, I plan on the article having the pre-1949 storms on it unless you think that should be separate. NoahTalk 17:21, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
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