Science: Alice to Wallis

From now on, the U.S. Weather Bureau will distinguish Atlantic hurricanes by girls' names, as the Air Force and Navy have been doing for years in the Pacific. The first big tropical blow each season will be called Alice. Then will come Barbara, Carol, Dolly, etc. The average number of hurricanes (seven) will run through the alphabetical list as far as Gail. Only an unprecedented number (the record was 21 in 1933) will include a hurricane named Wallis (after the Duchess of Windsor).

Alice of 1953 was wandering last week in the Gulf of Mexico. She was feeble, premature and not at...

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