Tropical systems 'Don' and 'Hilary' making social media waves
Tropical system names are determined in alphabetical order years ahead of time. But the names of one system in the Atlantic and another that is about to form in the Pacific are making waves on social media.
Tropical Storm Don formed Monday and is moving toward the Windward Islands, where heavy rain is the main threat.
The National Hurricane Center is responsible for observing and forecasting tropical systems.
Meteorologists characterized Don as "small" and "not particularly well organized", adjectives that are often used to describe low-end tropical storms. There was no political motive; the description was spot on and has been used countless times in the past.
However, the AP's politics – not general news – Twitter account sent a tweet out about the description. It was the first tweet @AP_Politics has sent out about an active tropical system so far this year.
The account sent tweets out about Hurricane Matthew last year, but the last time the words "tropical storm" were used on a tweet sent by the account was when 'Danny' was on the map in 2015.
Hurricane center calls Tropical Storm Don “small” and ″not particularly well organized.” https://t.co/NDMq439r2V— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) July 18, 2017
Furthermore, a system in the eastern Pacific is poised to become Tropical Storm 'Hilary' any moment. Similar buzz has been generated in some social media circles already.