Monday, November 11, 2013

Haiyan or Yolanda?

The storm of the century rakes the Philippines, makes landfall on Viet Nam.

The International Business Times reports "Some people are losing their minds from hunger or from losing their families. People are becoming violent. They are looting business establishments, the malls, just to find food, rice and milk... I am afraid that in one week, people will be killing from hunger." 

A few days ago, I sent an email to one of our few "respected" weather reporters, asking why the Manilla Star newspaper was referring to the devastating typhoon as "Yolanda," whilst the rest of the worlds respected newspapers were referring to the typhoon ass "Haiyan."

His response was  a lame; "for some reason... "

"For some reason."  This demonstrates the shallow depth of this generations news reporting.  Shallow.

However, as a former member of the National Radio-Television News Directors Association, I am not satisified with "for some reason."  WHAT is the reason, I continued to ask!

Finally, today, the Wall Street Journal: Manilla.edition, provided  this explanation.

Radio and TV weather reporters, take note!

Final thought. The meaning of Yolanda is "violet flower". Yolanda is a synonym of the orchid genus Brachionidium

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