Well, my namesake is on the list of potential named storms in the Atlantic this year. Which got me thinking....is this a good thing or a bad thing?
If Hurricane Nate became a Category 5 hurricane in the middle of the Atlantic, set records for wind speed and low pressure, then veered away from the U.S. coast without damage or casualties, that would be pretty cool.
On the other hand, what would happen if it became another Katrina? Of course this is not likely. But it just got me thinking: How many people named Katrina cringe that their name is associated with one of the worst natural and manmade disasters in American history?
More random thoughts: What if we named tornadoes? How would you feel if your name was associated with Tuscaloosa? Joplin? Should we even name storms? It almost gives hurricanes an aura all their own. Some people even refer to a hurricane as "he" or "she". Does this make hurricanes seem less "evil" than tornadoes? Remember, Katrina and many other hurricanes have claimed countless more lives than a single tornado or single tornado season have.
Let me know what you think.