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  • Who knew hurricane names were so controversial??

    This morning in the car, my talk radio people were discussing the topic of naming hurricanes.

    Evidently, hurricanes used to be named after females but there were huge feminist protests and the policy was changed to name them after males and females.

    In the car, I was thinking "I'm a feminist and I can't believe we didn't have more important things to worry about than what HURRICANES are named!"

    I thought it would make a good debate topic so I Googled this morning trying to find some supporting links. I still don't have a good one, but I did come across an opinion piece saying that the National Weather Bureau was racist because the hurricane names don't represent the African American community, there are no Latonyas or Antwons (I took those names from the article).

    After reading that, I'm shaking my head even more than before. Are we really so petty to be caught up in frucking hurricane names? Or is this an issue that is bigger and more impactful than I am giving credit for??

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    I always found it rather appropriate
    - Aaron

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    • #3
      Did the article really spell Antoine "Antwon"? Like, the ant won a prize?

      I think the 2008 list is pretty damn multicultural. I don't know what people are bitching about.
      2008 Hurricane Names
      Arthur
      Bertha
      Cristobal
      Dolly
      Edouard
      Fay
      Gustav
      Hanna
      Ike
      Josephine
      Kyle
      Laura
      Marco
      Nana
      Omar
      Paloma
      Rene
      Sally
      Teddy
      Vicky
      Wilfred
      Omar stands out to me as a name that I most frequently see used by African Americans. Cristobal, Edouard, Gustav, Marco, and Paloma aren't exactly "typical American names" either.
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      • #4
        Umm . . . What's the big deal? I'm happy that they're named after both males and females now.

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        • #5
          Historically they've been controversial. The NWS has been working in recent years to make the list more "inclusive."
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          • #6
            I have friends (married couple) named Dennis and Emily, and one year they both had hurricanes named after them, one right after the other!
            The artist formerly known as Mrs. K

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            • #7
              I think they should change to name them after animals or something.

              I think it's mind-boggling that people would get worked up over what a freaking hurrican is called.

              And yes, the opinion piece spelled it Antwon. It's from 2003:

              Hurricane names raise a warning

              The 2003 hurricane season is here, and that means a whole new list of names such as Larry, Sam and Wanda ready to make tropical-storm history.

              Although Spanish and French names are included in this year’s lineup, among them Juan and Claudette, which struck Texas last week, popular African American names, like Keisha, Jamal and Deshawn, are nowhere to be found.

              Some black lawmakers don’t seem to mind, but Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) does. “All racial groups should be represented,” said Lee.

              Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration
              Hurricane names have been too lily white for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas). She says all ethnic groups should be represented.

              The World Meteorological Organization began naming tropical storms after women in 1953. That made sense to scientists at the time who thought women and storms were both unpredictable. After feminist groups protested, men’s names were added in 1979.

              The National Weather Service says hurricane names are derived from languages spoken in areas that border the Atlantic Ocean, where such storms occur. Yet that doesn’t explain why Gaston, Ernesto and Cindy were chosen and Antwon, Destiny and Latonya were passed over.

              Lee said she hoped in the future the weather establishment “would try to be inclusive of African American names.”
              ps: I stumbled across that site when googling and have no clue whether it's good/bad/valid/crap/etc.

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              • #8
                In the Spanish Caribbean, hurricanes used to be named after the patron saint on whose feast day the storm hit. Thus, a hurricane known as San Felipe on one island would be known as San Juan on another (I am making this up, obviously -- I really don't know the names of hurricanes back in the day).
                With freedom to think, and with patience to bear,
                And for right ever bravely to live.
                Let not moss-covered error move thee at its side,
                As the world on truth's current glides by,
                Be the herald of light, and the bearer of love,
                Till the stock of the Puritans die.

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                • #9
                  Good luck with "all racial groups" being represented.

                  I don't see traditional Filipino, Thai, Japanese, Bulgarian or Kenyan names on that list either.

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                  • #10
                    I have always thought it was cool that there were hurricanes named after me, Erin. I guess that is no longer....oh well, I have better things to worry about.
                    "An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break." -Chinese Proverb

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                    • #11
                      I have a friend named Katrina who really wishes they never named anything after her.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sarochka View Post
                        Good luck with "all racial groups" being represented.

                        I don't see traditional Filipino, Thai, Japanese, Bulgarian or Kenyan names on that list either.
                        Keep in mind that hurricanes and cyclones are the same weather formation, but have different names because they are in different geographic areas. You'd need to look at the cyclone list as well to know whether a cultural group is not getting included in the ability to name storms.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by maurinsky View Post
                          I have a friend named Katrina who really wishes they never named anything after her.
                          Yeah. Katrina was a name I'd thought about for a daughter, but after 2005 that's a no go.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by maurinsky View Post
                            I have a friend named Katrina who really wishes they never named anything after her.
                            My brother Andrew agrees.
                            Originally posted by Lyrehc View Post
                            Keep in mind that hurricanes and cyclones are the same weather formation, but have different names because they are in different geographic areas. You'd need to look at the cyclone list as well to know whether a cultural group is not getting included in the ability to name storms.
                            And if you do, you'll discover Tropical Storm Sheila, ironically.
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                            • #15
                              Antwon is not so much an AA name as it is a stupid name.

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