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November 14, 2005

Gamma Gamma Hey

I predicted we'd get a storm called "Gamma" by Thanksgiving. Turns out it'll be here with a couple of weeks to spare. I win! Where's my pony?   

Posted by john at November 14, 2005 09:18 AM

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KenL | November 14, 2005 10:35 AM

It's just an up year in the hurricane cycle, no global climate change to see here. Move along, move along.

John H | November 14, 2005 10:53 AM

But if the last storm was Beta, shouldn't this one be RC1?

Brennan | November 14, 2005 11:09 AM

What's the over-under on when we'll see Hurricane Omega?

JimW | November 14, 2005 11:45 AM

Here's your pony

Jim Winter | November 14, 2005 11:53 AM

Gamma is nothing. The hurricane season has 16 days left as of today. I wanna see if we can go for epsilon.

And what do they do next year if we run out of names again? Can we have two Hurricane Alphas?

Brian Greenberg | November 14, 2005 11:54 AM

Ooh...you want ponies? You can have ponies...

cisko | November 14, 2005 12:26 PM

Yeah, they would probably have two Alphas. In general hurricane names are reused, unless they have a storm that's so wicked that its name is retired. Alpha probably wouldn't qualify.

Here's the skinny on hurricane names.

The catch is that nobody knows what to do if a Greek-letter storm needs its name retired. How about vegetables? Hurricane Asparagus, anyone?

marrije | November 14, 2005 04:19 PM

Haha, I like Hurrican Asparagus, Cisko! I see singing muppet vegetables. Highly inappropriate for such a serious subject, but still entertaining.

Chris Beck | November 14, 2005 05:12 PM

Curse you, upper level wind-shear. Not Gamma just yet according to the Weather Underground:

Anonymous | November 15, 2005 02:10 PM

cisko: I vote for hurricanes named after computer programming languages. There are certainly enough of them, and it would be hilarious to see weathercritters trying to pronounce or spell them.

Well, hilarious for me, anyway.

I'm guessing hurricane Brainfuck would be out of the question, even though this would have fit better than Katrina, if you ask me.

Luke | November 17, 2005 02:09 PM

That is an amusing idea--- but how do we restrict it?

What if no compiler were ever written? What about hypothetical or even impossible computer languages?

Hurricanes Bloop and Gloop (points for the reference)

archipunk | November 23, 2005 05:28 PM

DELTA! Epsilon seems in reach, now.

After we reach Omega, we could use Hebrew, Arabic, or Cyrillic alphabets. We've got lots of letters to use, so "bring 'em on!"

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