Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Eyeing the Storm


I watched with particular interest yesterday as tropical storm Edouard churned through the Gulf headed for the Texas coast.

First of all, what’s with the spelling of the name? Seriously, is the National Hurricane Center trying to avoid complaints by picking names only a minuscule number of people have?

It’s not like the folks there at the NHS have to worry about a call like this:

“Hello, National Hurricane Center, how may I help you?”

“Yes, my name is Gustav and people are giving me a hard time because I have the same name as the storm that just wrecked Miami. I’d like you to change it.”

Is your name lurking in the future as a possible Hugo (1989), Fran (1997), Katrina (2005) or Rita (2005)? By the way, these are just four of the more than a dozen hurricanes I’ve lived through or reported on in the past 15 years. But more on that another day.

Just for fun, here are the names for this year and next year so you can check.

2008 Tropical storm names
Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gustav
Hanna
Ike
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paloma
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred

2009 Tropical storm names
Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fred
Grace
Henri
Ida
Joaquin
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda

Apparently, the NHC is not too worried about offending those of Spanish and French heritage.

You know, if they wanted odd names they could have gone with Aiden, Braden or Kaden (WTF?)…Oh, wait a minute…Damn it, those are the top three, seriously, the top three, baby boy names for 2007 according to babynames.com. Parents, seriously, put down the crack pipe. You think you’re being cute, but you’re not. Note: I’m saddened not to see my own moniker in the top 100, especially seeing how it lost out to Reece/Reese/Rhys, number 69; Mattox number 77, (isn’t that another name for a type of pick ax? Why not just name your child “Tool”?); and Colton number 96, which, to tell you the truth, sounds like a brand name for a type of stainless steel.

You’ll notice I’m not making fun of 2007’s baby girl names. Two reasons for that: One, for the most part, the top 10 are pretty nice names with the top two being Ava and Abigail. And two, I’m single and I don’t want to offend any possible dates by making fun of their names.

As it turns out Edouard did knock down some power lines and topple some trees, but that was about the extent of the damage. And, according to my friends at The Beaumont Enterprise, the utilities expected to have the power restored by later today.

That said, it’s still a silly sounding name for a hurricane.

5 comments:

Zipcode said...

I have a friend named Caden actually haha sounds like a soap opera name. I think Aiden hype came from Sex and the City - its a cool name though.

I was on the hurricane list I think last year - not a big fan of my first name - I used to change the spelling of it in middle school to try and be cool - yeah not so much

Shannon said...

I cannot WAIT for Hurricane Maddysynn.

Arjewtino said...

Hurricane Ike is going to pummel the Gulf Coast.

'cause that's what Ike does.

FoggyDew said...

Zip, did you use an i with a heart for the dot?

Shan- I'm sure there are some elementary school teachers around who could point out her namesake.

tino- I was thinking exactly the same thing when I saw Ike on the list.

Zipcode said...

Kevin - ummm maybe - ok fine I did but I did variations -- one day I was Wende, Wendie, and Wendi - the teachers sent a note home telling my parents I should really use the y --- damn it! My mom said they thought about Melissa or Ashley - but my dad vetoed those, he said they would call me Missy and then that would lead to Miss Pissy - gotta love my dad. I would have loved to have had Ashley versus some stupid restaurant/stripper name.