Winds howl, oceans surge
Angry and wild, tempests churn
Offspring nom de plumes
The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season opens this Sunday, June 1. The unsurprising weekend forecast for my stretch of the Florida Gulf Coast is rain, and thunderstorms, through at least Tuesday. At the beginning of the 2013 season, Tropical Storm Andrea tracked from June 5-7, making landfall on the northwest coast of Florida. Nothing was brewing in the Atlantic as of Friday.
Forecasters began giving storms names in 1950 to avoid confusion if more than one storm was being followed. Then, only female names were used. In 1979, males names were added. Every six years, sets of 21 names are rotated. The names of major, catastrophic storms are retired, and new names added. Since 2000, 29 storm names have been retired, including: Ivan, Katrina, Gustav, Irene, and Sandy.
My son’s name is on the potential storm list this year. My name has not made the Atlantic list, but was on the 2012 Eastern Pacific roster. Neither my daughter, nor husband, have been immortalized with a hurricane namesake.