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Since Congressperson Lee wants racially and culturally diverse names for hurricanes, we need to come up with some names to send to the powers that be who name the storms. Please supply a few names to add to the list.
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However, the names all belonged to women — which, depending on your perspective, is either offensive to women or unfair to men, who deserve an equal shot at eponymous carnage. In 1979, the NHC split the names equally between the sexes.

The politics didn’t end there. Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee complained in 2003 that storm names were too white. “All racial groups should be represented,” she said, and asked officials to “try to be inclusive of African-American names.” (One would expect Jackson-Lee to be pleased with naming conventions in other regions of the world. The central North Pacific will eventually experience storms named Keoni and Walaka; the Western north Pacific could be hit by Hurricane Fung-Wong.)
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What’s in a Hurricane Name?
by Brandon Keim
August 26, 2009 | 5:18 pm | Categories: Earth Science
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/hurricanename/

The Atlantic tropical storm season is in full swing, bringing destruction and unpredictability and scientific debate over whether storms are worse than they used to be. Given these more pressing concerns, you might think that naming storms would be the easy part. You’d be wrong.

According to the National Hurricane Center, “experience shows that the use of short, distinctive given names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error than the older more cumbersome latitude-longitude identification methods.” Seems simple enough, but it’s a bit too simple. As AccuWeather columnist Katrina Voss said several years ago, “Perhaps by naming … we are expressing our desire to control, or at best to understand, nature.”

Voss is onto something there. Maybe the need for control explains why, during the mid-20th century, people grew dissatisfied with how storms were given arbitrary names. Nature’s arbitrary enough as it is. So the NHC implemented the first modern naming system, using alphabetically ordered names for each successive storm.

However, the names all belonged to women — which, depending on your perspective, is either offensive to women or unfair to men, who deserve an equal shot at eponymous carnage. In 1979, the NHC split the names equally between the sexes.

The politics didn’t end there. Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee complained in 2003 that storm names were too white. “All racial groups should be represented,” she said, and asked officials to “try to be inclusive of African-American names.” (One would expect Jackson-Lee to be pleased with naming conventions in other regions of the world. The central North Pacific will eventually experience storms named Keoni and Walaka; the Western north Pacific could be hit by Hurricane Fung-Wong.)

Other gripes have less to do with racial sensitivity than curmudgeonliness. “We are now naming things that I would not have named when I was the director even back in the ’70s and ’80s,” said Neil Frank, a former TV meteorologist, to a Miami station. Frank ostensibly left out how he used to walk 5 miles each way through the storms just to get to work.

For now, six lists of names are used in the Atlantic, one for each year in a six-year cycle, with the names of especially severe storms retired to ensure their place in history. This year has already seen storms named Ana, Bill and Claudette, with Danny and Erika after that on the horizon. If names run out in a given year, they are drawn from a non-alphabetical list of 24 Greek-letter names, which in New Testament fashion begins with Alpha and ends with Omega.

No contingency plan exists beyond Hurricane Omega. But if we ever need one, names will be the least of our problems.

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  • keeper 2009/09/15 19:02:40
    Maybe, please leave comment
    keeper
    +17
    sure: "Sheila Jackson"; "Diane Feinstein"; "Nancy Pelosi"; "Barney Frank"; "Christopher Dodd"; "Waxman"; "Murtha"; "Maureen Dowd"; "Watson"; "Soros"; "Obama"; "Hussein"; wow, I can come up with a bunch of names for natural disasters!

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  • PeterB 2011/07/07 22:13:05
    No, I don't agree. Leave the naming of hurricanes alone. Who wants to have a...
    PeterB
    Lets see now. 10% of the American populous has difficulty working with the English language names. So we should change them in ways that it can be better understood by all the diverse cultures who are represented across the country, so that the vast majority of Americans, the 90%, can be confused by the result. Sure, that makes sense.
  • revolvingdoor24 2009/10/27 09:03:29
    No, I don't agree. Leave the naming of hurricanes alone. Who wants to have a...
    revolvingdoor24
    +1
    this whole coversation is utterly ridiculous. This is what a person like Sheila Jackson Lee who only works 20 percent of the time, and takes 80 percent of her time sitting on her fat but doing nothing and collecting a paycheck from out tax dollars comes up with cause she has no idea whats really going on.
  • gizamondo revolvi... 2009/12/08 12:44:05
    gizamondo
    Didn't we have a hurricane named Sheila?
  • DanSuciu gizamondo 2010/09/19 19:25:28
  • gizamondo 2009/10/18 05:52:27
    Yes, I agree that hurricanes should have racially and culturally diverse name...
    gizamondo
    +1
    Hurricanes are destructive and should have appropriate racial names. Starting with Sheila
  • Mejink 2009/09/20 09:34:30
    Maybe, please leave comment
    Mejink
    +1
    They should have the kind of name that is typical in the place they hit. Like, fr instance, (I don't know many Chinese names) but a hurricane hitting China may be called Shy Ling. No?
  • wiszard 2009/09/18 00:24:25
    No, I don't agree. Leave the naming of hurricanes alone. Who wants to have a...
    wiszard
    +2
    Aren't there more pressing issues congressman waters should be concern with.

    leave naming hurricanes hurricane pressing issues congressman waters concern
  • Wanda52... wiszard 2009/09/18 01:02:29
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +1
    Actually it is Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas who wants this, I think Rep. Waters is from California.

    Yes, we have more pressing issues; but some members of Congress will do anything to avoid working on the real problems facing this country.
  • wiszard Wanda52... 2009/09/18 01:07:11
    wiszard
    +1
    I stand corrected. Thank you
  • Keen Tojones 2009/09/17 19:48:04
    Yes, I agree that hurricanes should have racially and culturally diverse name...
    Keen Tojones
    +1
    Jesus, Juevos, Julio, Shameeka, Malcolm, Debbie, Sue, Mark, Matthew...oh the list is endless. I cannot even believe this is an issue.
  • Wanda52... Keen To... 2009/09/18 01:03:33
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +1
    I think some of those names have been used before; I cannot believe she wants to make an issue of this either.
  • Keen To... Wanda52... 2009/09/18 03:49:12
    Keen Tojones
    +1
    Far too petty for my mind.
  • Texas Johnny 2009/09/17 18:33:20
    No, I don't agree. Leave the naming of hurricanes alone. Who wants to have a...
    Texas Johnny
    +4
    Once again, she has proven that aliens have probed her and removed her brain and replaced it with a Regulan Bloodworm.
  • Wanda52... Texas J... 2009/09/18 01:04:56
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    Actually, it has been suggested that she is an alien exiled to Earth. We are trying to contact her home planet to see if they will please take her back or exile her somewhere else.
  • davyd god loving patriot 2009/09/17 17:29:01
    No, I don't agree. Leave the naming of hurricanes alone. Who wants to have a...
    davyd god loving patriot
    +3
    Just how crazy is the left ? People we have morons running this country. unfreakinbelievable
  • Wanda52... davyd g... 2009/09/18 01:05:50
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +1
    Yes, and those morons keep getting elected again and again which suggests that we also have morons who vote.
  • GINGERBREAD 2009/09/17 15:09:49
    Yes, I agree that hurricanes should have racially and culturally diverse name...
    GINGERBREAD
    +2
    Okay. Here are a few names I can add to the pot. How about "RASTUS" or another one "CLAMYDYA". I can go on all day finding names, but it will be just a waste of time and energy.
  • Wanda52... GINGERB... 2009/09/18 01:06:51
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    Well Lee doesn't seem to think it is a waste of her energy and would rather be doing this than working on our real problems. Thanks for the names.
  • GINGERB... Wanda52... 2009/09/18 03:44:39
    GINGERBREAD
    +1
    What you don't understand is that she thinks she is doing her job. Her job is doing us and her voters. I hope she uses vaseline while she's doing her voters.
  • RedOhio 2009/09/17 13:27:00
    Undecided
    RedOhio
    +3
    Lets have a moment of silence to pity the stupidity of these people...




    OK


    Thank you
  • Wanda52... RedOhio 2009/09/17 13:39:57
  • NarcolepticGoat 2009/09/17 12:28:18
    Undecided
    NarcolepticGoat
    +1
    They're going to have to. Don't want to run out of names.
  • Wanda52... Narcole... 2009/09/17 13:22:45
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +2
    I doubt we will run out of names any time soon. Only names of particularly destructive storms like Katrina get retired; the other names get reused.
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2009/09/17 11:15:22
    Undecided
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +3
    See how Congress wastes their time? Why, when there are important matters to worry about, is this even being talked about?
  • Wanda52... doofieg... 2009/09/17 13:27:23
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +2
    It is being talked about because it shows how stupid and wasteful some of the people in Congress are. Those are the people we need to vote out of office. If we never discuss their stupidity then how will we know who to vote out.
  • doofieg... Wanda52... 2009/09/17 14:21:15
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +2
    Right on, baby! Now, I wish everybody would pay attention, and go to the polss!
  • Wanda52... doofieg... 2009/09/18 01:08:16
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    Oh they go to the polls; but unfortunately not enough of them pay attention to the morons that they keep voting back in office.
  • Therrmos 2009/09/17 05:40:47
    No, I don't agree. Leave the naming of hurricanes alone. Who wants to have a...
    Therrmos
    +2
    This congresswoman must have a bunch of extra time on her hands. Bet it just thrills her people in Texas knowing shes working so hard for them.
  • Wanda52... Therrmos 2009/09/17 13:28:20
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +1
    If she was my rep, I would not tell anyone about it. She fits her name which means "nitwit".
  • James 2009/09/17 02:41:06
    Undecided
    James
    +1
    omg! Does it matter what the names are?!? Seriously?
  • Wanda52... James 2009/09/17 13:29:18
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    No it does not matter which begs the question - why does it matter to Lee so much.
  • Wanda5245 - Citizen Activis... 2009/09/17 02:02:22
    No, I don't agree. Leave the naming of hurricanes alone. Who wants to have a...
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    First of all the US does not name these storms, the UN does; so if Sheila Jackson Lee has a problem with the names being used, she needs to complain to them.

    Second, how are we supposed to know which names are the diverse ones and which are not. Are they going to be labeled in ( ) after the name?

    Sheila Jackson Lee is an idiot and needs to be voted out of office. Not that I am holding my breath on that happening since I understand that her district is gerrymandered to the max.
  • Carlea 2009/09/17 01:26:38
    Undecided
    Carlea
    +4
    Can't imagine that Congress has time to consider the names of hurricanes. I'm not sure what "ethnic" names are anynmore since I know a white LeKisha. But whatever Congresswoman!

    Hurricane names since early 1900s:
    Ana Alex Arlene Alberto Allison* Arthur
    Bill Bonnie Bret Beryl Barry Bertha
    Claudette Charley Cindy Chris Chantal Cesar
    Danny Danielle Dennis Debby Dean Dolly
    Erika Earl Emily Ernesto Erin Edouard
    Fabian Frances Floyd* Florence Felix Fran
    Grace Georges* Gert Gordon Gabrielle Gustav
    Henri Hermine Harvey Helene Humberto Horrtense
    Isabel Ivan Irene Isaac Iris* Isidore
    Juan Jeanne Jose Joyce Jerry Josephine
    Kate Karl Katrina* Keith* Karen Kyle
    Larry Lisa Lenny* Leslie Lorenzo Lili
    Mindy Mitch* Maria Michael Michelle* Marco
    Nicholas Nicole Nate Nadine Noel Nana
    Odette Otto Ophelia Oscar Olga Omar
    Peter Paula Phillippe Patty Pablo Paloma
    Rose Richard Rita Rafael Rebekah Rene
    Sam Shary Stan Sandy Sebastien Sally
    Teresa Tomas Tammy Tony Tanya Teddy
    Victor Virginie Vince Valerie Van Vicky
    Wanda Walter Wilma William Wendy Wilfred
  • Wanda52... Carlea 2009/09/17 13:41:07
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +1
    I guess some people in Congress will do anything to get out of real work.
  • Winnel 2009/09/17 01:09:41
  • Wanda52... Winnel 2009/09/17 01:11:46
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +2
    Could be that she is one of the aliens from outer space. Scotty needs to beam her back up and take her away.
  • Winnel Wanda52... 2009/09/17 01:17:53
  • Wanda52... Winnel 2009/09/17 13:43:59
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +1
    Maybe she was a throwback to a lesser species and her planet exiled her to Earth. Messages to aliens - We don't deserve this punishment either; please come take her somewhere else.
  • Marlow ~ Let There Be Light 2009/09/17 00:19:17
    Maybe, please leave comment
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    +2
    I don't have a problem interspersing some uncommon names in there.
  • Wanda52... Marlow ... 2009/09/17 01:13:16
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +2
    Only problem is that she is talking to the wrong people about this; she should be talking to the U. N. as they are the ones who name the hurricanes.
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