June 1 kicks off the Atlantic hurricane season, though the NOAA map shows no activity at this time. I’m sure Ed Mahmoud abu al Kahoul is in fine spirits. I can’t wait for the colorful maps to start showing up over at GCP.
NOAA says 9-14 storms, yada, yada, yada, and the named storms will be as follows:
Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.
Nothing really remarkable there. Of course, I’d like to see NOAA start getting a little more inclusive with their name choices. We have the hispanics covered with Joaquin and Erika. The French get a nod with Henri. I reckon that will be pronounced “Ohn Ray,” or some such shite. But, how about some more diversity for Pete’s sake?
How about a hurricane named for an American Indian? Hurricane Running Bear, or something like that. And how about an African American name, say Hurricane LaKeisha? Or an Egyptian name, Hurricane Mukhwana.
I can just picture Geraldo Rivera standing on the coastline waiting for the storm, hair blowing in the wind and spray, putting his best Egyptian pronunciation on Mukhwana, with The Flight of the Valkyries playing full blast in the background (helicopter sound effects optional).
So, Happy hurricane season folks. It will be a relief to pay some attention to the hot air coming in from the Gulf for a while, rather than Washington, D.C.
Oh, and, get your emergency plans in order, OK?