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Hurricane Flossie.

Our hurricanes are much better looking
on the west coast, don't you think?

Well it is August, which means here in North America that the hurricane
season is nicely underway. As of the time of this writing Hurricane Dean
and Hurricane Erin (both tropical storms, actually) are off the east
coast. And Hurricane Flossie is off the west coast. And even though a
minor tropical storm may cause a lot of trouble for people, we at least
haven't seen any killer hurricanes like a couple of years ago. Which is
something to be thankful for.

Anyway, I got curious; and so here's a list of this year's names for
hurricanes and tropical storms, one list for the eastern coast and one
for the western coast.

2007 Hurricane Names (Atlantic)

Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dean (current)
Erin (current)
Felix
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Noel
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy

2007 Hurricane Names (Pacific)

Alvin
Barbara
Cosme
Dalila
Erick
Flossie (current)
Gil
Henriette
Ivo
Juliette
Kiko
Lorena
Manuel
Narda
Octave
Priscilla
Raymond
Sonia
Tico
Velma
Wallis
Xina
York
Zelda

As you will notice, there seems to be a slight difference in the names.
The west coast names seem mellower somehow.

Which I think is appropriate. In fact, being a west coast oriented guy
these days, I think that we can do even more to come up with some
hurricane names that are reflective of the west coast and our culture
and lifestyles.

So here are my suggestions for future years, if the National Hurricane
Center would care to take me up on some of them.

West Coast Hurricane Names (To be considered)

Arnold
Botox
Chrissy
Daisy
Enchilada
Flower
Gucci
Heather
I-Pod
Jalapena
Krispy-Kreme
Lexus
Margarita (just gotta have that one)
Nacho
Orca
Paris
Rhododendron
Spock
Tawny
Valdez (just so they can say, "Valdez ees coming!")
Winona
Xanax
Zinfandel

Incidentally, I don't know why they have more names for the west coast
hurricanes than for the east coast ones. Perhaps because there are more
of them? Or maybe they've discovered that eastern coast people are
superstitious about the letter "Y"?