2011 Hurricane Name Game
This tropically steamy weekend, I am away with the boys here at WSAZ as we hit the links at Snowshoe for the Romp at the Raven. While temperatures simmer into the 90s here at home, we will be playing golf in the high mountains where highs will range from 85 at the course (2800’ elevation) to 75 at the top of the mountain (4848’).
To give you something to think about while we are gone, I have put the list of Atlantic hurricanes to prose. Hope you enjoy/put up with my dry humor.
It's hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin and that means Myrtle Beach vacationers will be keeping a close eye on the ocean for any sea monsters that may come calling. To get you ready for the season, here’s the list of storms we will be tracking this summer and fall. Check it out to see if your namesake made the grade!
The season began in a squally rush in early June as Tropical Storm ARLENE broke the ice as the first named storm of the year. ARLENE rolled into Mexico from the Gulf armed with a powerful arsenal of weapons including howling gales, pounding rains and rising seas.
Staying south of the US, ARLENE never did muster hurricane status. Still her torrents of rain produced swiftly rising streams and walls of mudslides in the Veracruz state of Mexico. Twenty-Two people perished in the violent flash flooding that ensued.
Then early this week BRET was christened a bouncing baby tropical storm off Florida's east coast. Taking a seaward track, the best BRET could muster was some dangerous rip current action for Atlantic Ocean bathers on the east coast. BRET’s lame wind field acting like the wounded duck football passes thrown by the retired star BRET Farve (editor’s note, yes Favre is finally officially retired, I think).
If you believe this slow to start season is a sign of things to come, take note. The ancient mariners saying that dates back to the days when Columbus sailed the 7 seas still holds true, hundreds of years later; namely,
"As far as hurricanes go, June is too soon, in July we standby so we are on our guard in August for a September we will remember for big hurricanes. Then by October and November it’s all over."
When the season does shift into high gear here is the list of names we will be using!
Calling on CINDY Williams (I had a crush on her way back when), DON Ho (I still think of him and his tiny bubbles when the Hawaiian Christmas song is played) and EMILY Dickenson (loved her poem The Great Storm is Over) because they are up next as we head into August.
By late August and September, things may well be hyper active so our friends in FRANKLIN Furnace, Scioto County and all aunt GERT’s out there get set to track your namesake.
Then fall hurricanes will be named after HARVEY Wall-banger (bad joke), ladies named IRENE and JOSE Feliciano followed by all pretty girls names KATIA.
If the season is especially active, cyclones will be named after LEE Greenwood, MARIA Shriver, NATE Thurmond (basketball great when I was as growing up) and the fair OPHELIA from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
So there you have it! You will be the toast of the water cooler at work when you can spat out the names of all these storms.
For a more complete list of hurricane names past, present and future, here’s the official list from the experts at the National Hurricane Center. Note TONY is on the hit list for 2012. Can’t wait!
Here are the first few responses for my call for famous Irene's!
Bryan Casey commented on your status.
Bryan wrote: "Oh and I forgot about Irene Ryan.. she Played Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies"
Chris Ratliff commented on your status.
Chris wrote: "How about "good night Irene" Phil. 4:13"