Ha! Now those linguists and etymologists at the National Hurricane Center are backtracking! To wit:
REGARDING THE PRONUNCIATION OF BERYL…A REVIEW OF SEVERAL DICTIONARIES SHOWS THAT BOTH BER’-IL AND BURL ARE ACCEPTED PRONUNCIATIONS…AND IN FACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DIRECTIVE SPECIFIES THE FORMER…TWO SYLLABLE…PRONUNCIATION. THE ONLY BERYL I PERSONALLY KNOW ALSO PRONOUNCES IT BER’-IL. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY CONFUSION.
This is James Franklin writing; forecaster Stacy Stewart is the one who told us it was pronounced like “Berle.” I wonder if the forecasters are as divided over the track that Beryl will take as they are over pronunciation….