Well, we’ve been hit by the first Tropical Storm in the Altantic Ocean that, luckily, did not turn into a hurricane, but I thought you might like to know the storm names that will be issued this year.
Since we are in the direct path of many of the potential tropical storms and hurricanes that come either across from Africa or up from South America, these names have more meaning than most names. In areas where hurricanes hit, these names are used like time references, recalling a moment in time when things were, shall we say, not at their best.
People around here talk about Ivan, Bonnie, Camile, Floyd, Hugo, and in Florida, they still speak of Andrew, which decimated much of the southern tip of Florida.
It’s strange to be on a first-name basis with the wrath of nature. I often wonder if Mother-Nature names her storms and what those names would sound like. “Theodore is a bad boy. I’ll just send him out to see what trouble he can get into on his own.” “That Samuel, always a bother. About time he got out of the house and figured out what all this nature business was about.” “Annabel, you would think such a pretty little thing would keep a cleaner house. Pity she never learned how to clean up behind herself.”
Still, as I sit here, relieved that the first storm of the season fizzled out in Mobile Bay before it reached us, I wonder what these names will portend in the future. In the future, we will look back and talk about what happened during Cindy, Emily, Gert, or Katrina? I sure hope not.
Here are the names for the Atlantic storms for 2005:
Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince, Wilma