Typhoon 04W: The meaning of Mawar
Published: June 3, 2012
For those new to the Pacific, typhoons are not named for men and women as they are in the States. Long about 10 years ago, they changed out here to a system of assigning different words contributed by Asian nations. Some of those names, such as Saomai, which twice in a seven-year span devastated the areas it struck, was retired and replaced with another name. Typhoon Mawar, currently bearing down on Okinawa, is a Malaysian word for rose. Thorny, indeed. Get a full look at all typhoon names by clicking here.