A message to Harry Potter fans about how we say 'Hurricane Hermine'

KUSA - If you’re a Harry Potter fan, the pronunciation of “Hurricane Hermine” might make you cringe even more than that scene in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” where Hermione Granger tried to get Viktor Krum to say her name correctly at the Yule Ball.

However, just because Hermione Granger is awesome, doesn’t mean she’ll change what the National Weather Service says.

Here’s an explainer from 9NEWS Meteorologist Becky Ditchfield, who has gotten more than her fair share of emails from viewers telling her she’s saying “Hermine” wrong.

“… here's the deal... Ms. Granger spells her name "Hermione". According to the National Hurricane Center's website, this storm is spelled "Hermine". So there's the first difference.

And MOST importantly, for safety's sake...

A list of hurricane names has been established by an international committee of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization. The only time that there is a change to that set of storm names is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the committee (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it. So... this committee determines the names and their pronunciations.

We have to have consistency when pronouncing hurricane names so that there's no confusion. When there's confusion, there's a better chance that people will lose their lives. And I'm not in that business.

So, PLEASE.... do not write us emails telling us to pronounce it differently. I love Harry Potter, but I love safety more.”

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