I got a notification from WordPress that Thoughts From the Back has been around for three years now. Which means that it must be hurricane season! One of the original goals of the blog was that it would be a way to update friends and family with our status if/when a hurricane was threatening to head our way – at least for as long as electricity and the internet was available. It’s been five years since Ike embedded himself into the memories of all Houstonians, and there hasn’t been a serious threat since then. So the blog has never served that purpose, but it has still been a great outlet for many of my random, rambling thoughts.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts tomorrow, June 1. The official predictions are for a very active hurricane season; the reports I’ve seen indicate a strong possibility of 50% more storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes than average. Of course, hurricane prediction feels like it is mostly looking into a crystal ball, and just because there ARE storms doesn’t mean that the storms will affect land, the US, and/or the upper Texas coast. Still, it’s good to be prepared, and fun to watch and follow (until it’s really upon you and then it’s no fun anymore.)
So let’s get to the important stuff. These are the names for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricanes:
Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy
Can’t say I’ve ever felt threatened by an Andrea or a Barry. Chantal and Dorian just sound too civilized. Names that sound like they might be common in the Caribbean always sound dangerous to me (Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Lorenzo, Pablo, Sebastien.) I’m not worried about Ingrid – surely a tropical storm with a Scandinavian name won’t be dangerous. Tanya might sneak up from behind and take someone’s knees out, though. Jerry, Karen, and Melissa are too sweet. Nestor and Olga are too goofy. Old Testament Rebekah has me really worried. Van is too Hollywood, all for show. Wendy will never grow up into something hurtful. So based on the TFTB Hurricane Name Methodology Scale, we’ll have eight storms to really worry about.
So over the next month I’ll do my annual preparations. Making sure important papers are in order and easily accessible. Stocking up on a few gallons of drinking water and some non-perishable, no cooking needed, food. Buying a small can of GROUND coffee. Nagging husband to check/fill our propane tanks. I’ll report back in here, it helps keep me honest about my preparations. A little preparation can go along way during the summer hurricane season. This year I’m just thankful I don’t live in Tornado Alley during the spring.