It is common to name storms. For example, a hurricane called Harvey is now over Texas. On the other hand, ancient people named deities related to various places and natural phenomena. There might be a deity for a specific river or for a specific kind of wind.

But did the Romans ever give a name to a specific event in a fashion similar to how we name storms? I don't recall hearing of "one-shot deities" that were related to a specific instance of a natural disaster (eg. a single storm) instead of the phenomenon in general (eg. a god of storms). Were natural disasters described through the related gods or deities at all, even if the specific event was not given a separate name?

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    There is a wikipedia article about that: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_cyclone_naming#History – Luc Sep 5 '17 at 19:27
  • @Luc Good find! That indicates that the naming scheme we use today is far too young. If there was an older analogous thing further back in history, I would assume it to be mentioned. The remaining question is whether the Romans gave any names for their natural disasters. Since it is hard to prove negatives, a "I've never seen it so it probably doesn't exist" would make a valid answer, especially together with that bit of history you linked to. – Joonas Ilmavirta Sep 5 '17 at 19:48
  • Indeed :) However, before starting to search, I was pretty convinced this wasn’t that old, so this result can be biased. By the way, it was a lot older than I thought. – Luc Sep 5 '17 at 20:32

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