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!