Tuesday, October 11, 2005


As of today, we have only one name left for naming Atlantic storms: Wilma. What happens if we have Wilma and then more storms? According to an article that Gebo will probably link to in a comment, Once we've run out of the 21 names on the list (hurricane names don't start with Q, U, X, Y, or Z) we start using the names of the letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, etc.).

Since the himmicane season lasts until the end of November there is a very real risk that we'll have a hurricane named Beta (the wonder dog?).

But I have a better idea, inspired by the last name on this year's list: name them after Flintstones characters! Oh, and weather reporters on the news should be required to yell the names in Flintstone style. (Unless anyone can remember a Flintstones Character starting with 'A', we'll just go straight to Bam-Bam!)


Gene said...

I noticed the "two remaining storms" problem a few days ago. Personally, I think it's very shortsighted that hurricane names can't start with Q, U, X, Y, or Z because there are some dandy possibilities (many listed on babynamenetwork.com among other Baby Name Sites).

Personally, I like the names "Hurricane ___":
Quimby; Uma; Xyza; Yasmeen and Ziggy.

BTW (near worst case scenario) would you want to be in the direct path of Hurricane Pi?

William Bob said...

Think of the arguments in high school math club over how strong the wind would be in a category pi storm!

Do you multiply the minimum wind speed by the ratio 3.14159/3? Or do you add 14.159% of the range of winds for a category 3 storm?

And how many digits do you use in the calculation?

It would be fun to watch the mayhem!