A tropical storm is named if a storm has winds that exceed 39 MPH and it makes news. 39 MPH winds are really common here on the plains. We routinely have storms here with sustained winds of 60-70 MPH, but they dont get named and they don't make the news. Right now we have a storm with winds of 60 MPH approaching. This isn't fair. :grumpy: If we named every storm with winds reaching 39 MPH here we'd exhaust the entire alphabet by Valentine's day.