Americana: Winds of Change

"Looks bad, Cap, real bad."

"Aye, mate, she should hit hard in an hour or so, but you never can tell with these unpredictable ladies."

"Uh, sorry, sir, but the National Hurricane Center has named this one Bernard."

Bernard? Yes, indeed. Since 1953, meteorologists have given hurricanes women's names, which outrages some feminists. But the weather watchers are bending to the winds of change. Next month they will propose to the Departments of Defense, Commerce and Transportation that male names alternate with female starting in 1979. Federal officials will probably agree, but the idea must also be approved by 30 Western Hemisphere countries that...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!