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Jose – still a tropical storm – is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, while Katia in the Atlantic is threatening to ramp up to hurricane force in the coming days.Indeed, the monikers of major tropical storms in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico are drawn from an alphabetical list made by the U.S. National Hurricane Center, which prepares 21 names per year seven years in advance.Naming tropical storms that may morph into killer hurricanes is serious business, which is why the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization maintains veto power.It is rarely exercised, but in April 2015 an expert panel from the WMO banished the name "Isis" – the ancient Egyptian god of fertility – from the 2016 list for the eastern North Pacific, which has its own rotating roll call, as does the central North Pacific.For decades after the war, U.S. government weather experts continued to lend exclusively female identities to the region's tropical storms and hurricanes.
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