Saturday, April 23, 2011

Memo to NOAA....

It's tornado season here in the Midwest. Last night, an EF4 tornado took out our airport. On New Year's Eve, tornadoes hit several communities in our area, including Fenton and Sunset Hills, both nearby. St. Louis radio personality Steph Duran made this comment on her Facebook page: 

Tornadoes on New Year's Eve...HUGE tornado that takes out the airport and half of North County on Good Friday...what's coming on Memorial Day week-end? Locusts?

I wonder. The weather's gone insane, that's for sure. 



Some years ago, when I was in college (yes, we did have radio back then), someone called it to the station and asked the on-air personality why hurricanes are named but tornadoes are not. His answer: "We in St. Louis do have names for tornadoes, but none of them can be repeated on the air."



I've often wondered why hurricanes are given such wussy names as Bob, Henry, Betty, etc. Since hurricanes are powerful storms with an almost supernatural appearance, why not give them appropriate names--from the world's mythological characters? There's a lot to choose from: Greek, Roman, Persian, Norse, etc.  And since local newscasters are spending more and more time on the air these days--they'll break into regular programming for just about any reason--it would be good to give them something interesting to talk about!


Consider: Hurricane Poseidon...Hurricane Zeus...Hurricane Odin...Hurricane Ares...Hurricane Thor...of course! Thor. The Norse God of Thunder. What better name for a devastating storm?  It sure beats some guy at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sitting in a room, laughing gleefully as he names hurricanes after his in-laws!



12 comments:

  1. Ok, that's it...you need to pack up Collin and come to Canada...we don't have that many tornados and hurricanes around here...I've got an 2 extra rooms...you two can bunk here!

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  2. No, she should come out to California if Norma can handle Earthquakes. Last Easter we had a 7.1- that is big!Maybe Beth is right.

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  3. Norma, best names I've ever seen for hurricanes. Loved the blog.

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  4. Stay safe. And yes, the weather is going crazy. I get the willies when the summer comes to Florida. Along with it comes tropical storms and possible hurricanes. Lived through a tornadoe when I was about eight years old. Houses around us were shattered to pieces.

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  5. I'm from Oklahoma, so I LOVE thunderstorms, and I can't remember how many tornados I've seen. Stay safe, lady.
    Now eathquakes, never. I'd probably pee my pants!

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  6. Okay, that's nuts. And I thought the weather sucked in CT.

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  7. See, I think everyone is in agreement...you should come to Canada...LOL

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  8. Not a big fan of tornadoes, but I used to love thunderstorms -- at least, until our dispatch center got hit by lighting, and put out of business at about the same time the St. Louis airport was getting hit. Now I'm thinking my life is so dependent on electronics that I don't like severe weather at all anymore ...

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  9. Geez, I can't house everyone...but, you can come too, Mark...LOL

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  10. I can so see Hurricane Zeus.

    That tornado made the news up here in Canada; not every day a tornado blasts into an airport...

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  11. Yes! That's a fantastic idea! They do seem to pick mediocre names a lot. Heard all about the STL closure working for the airline. Crazy they whip up so fast.

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