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GUEST,Joe_F Why DO they call the wind Mariah? (64* d) RE: Why DO they call the wind Mariah? 24 Aug 06

"Maria" was the name of the storm in George R. Stewart's novel _Storm_ (1941), which reputedly was the origin of the meteorologists' custom of naming storms. In his introduction to the 1947 edition, he specifically advises us to "put the accent on the second syllable, and pronounce it `rye'". It is conceivable that the naming influenced Lerner (_Paint Your Wagon_, 1951).

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