Not the kind of notoriety they anticipated… Harvey and Irma Schluter have been married for 75 years. The couple live in Spokane, Washington. Harvey turned 104 in July; Irma will be 93 in November. They vividly remember many of the major events of the 20th century, but never before have they seen two major hurricanes bearing their names threaten the United States. “I don’t know how they’ve done that, to have a Harvey and Irma?” Mrs. Schluter told the New York Times. “I don’t know how that worked out?”
You may be wondering the same? Since 1979, the World Meteorological Organization has alternated men’s and women’s names for tropical storms born over the Atlantic. Six master lists of names are kept and used in rotation, so the minor hurricane names of 2017 will appear again in 2023. Only hurricanes that are costly or deadly enough to be memorable have their names retired, meaning we may not see the likes of Harvey or Irma again.
If you’d like to read more about Harvey and Irma, the couple, follow this link to an article in the New York Times.