Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tracking Stupid Storm Names!

I think that it is silly to name weather related storms with people names.  Like, Superstorm Sandy!

Now I know that naming storms has been the thing that we have done for hurricanes since 1945.  And according to the National Weather Service, this is the reason why we use names for hurricanes;
Experience shows that the use of short, distinctive names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error than the older, more cumbersome latitude-longitude identification methods. 
Sure, a person's first name is better than understanding and remembering a geographic coordinate system.  For example, most people remember when Katrina struck the southern coasts, but, can most remember when Dennis, Rita, Stan, or even Wilma came over for a visit?  (Hint: They all were in the same year as Katrina)

The 2005 Southern Coasts Hurricane
Trying to remember when the Blizzard of '67 hit Chicago is simple.  However, recalling any details about a storm that just goes by a common first name that can also be shared by a person, is a bit harder to remember.

Remember the dumb Winter Storm named Nemo?
Perhaps there is an innocent child, who may not only have to deal with the aftermath of the storm, but also might be taunted by other children, just because he/she coincidentally shared a name with some disastrous storm.

According to Wikipedia;
Before the official practice of naming of tropical cyclones began, significant tropical cyclones were named after annoying politicians, mythological creatures, saints and place names.
A viral video with the theme "significant tropical cyclones being named after annoying politicians" was made by an advertising agency jumped into a political debate regarding Climate Change.  Regardless of your view, this is pretty funny;

Lately, they are naming all kinds of storms, and in the process they are making an ass out of themselves!

This storm snuck up on us from the rear!
Where will this naming storms end?  Will we start naming rainstorm systems?  If we're going to be that silly, why don't we just use the same list of names that they pick for tropical storms, super storms and hurricanes;

2014 Tropical Cyclone Names:

Yeah, it wasn't enough that we named the first cloned sheep, Dolly, but now it can be the name of a storm that could easily ruin your day!

Here comes Dolly, better bring your umbrella!
A bigger story might be how a storm system could approach the Northeast just in time for Super Bowl weekend.

It would be pretty silly if the big game was defeated by a rainstorm named Dolly!
Remember the bad referee call that quickly ended that big important strike?  Well, I would suggest that mother nature NOT mess with the NFL's biggest game of the year, or there is a chance that another storm from Richard Sherman could hit the field;

Tony Lossano, Broadcast Producer (TV & Radio, Chicago), amateur bicyclist, a fantastic dog walker, and has never been married to Alyssa Milano.

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