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Study: Americans less fearful of storms named after women

from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via NPR

A new study suggests Americans are less afraid of hurricanes with female names. This is a real study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State looked at deaths caused by hurricanes between 1950 — when storms were first named — and 2012. Even after tossing out Katrina and Audrey, particularly deadly storms that would have skewed their model, they found that hurricanes with female names caused an average of 45 deaths, compared with 23 deaths from storms with male names. more

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