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- GARDEN UPDATE
- HOW HURRICANES GET THEIR NAMES
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- WHAT IN THE WORLD?
What an interesting day! My friend, Natalie and I visited the non-profit community co-op called Squash4Friends in Hesperia. They provide squash and other produce for the community. You can leave a donation or just take it for free. No one judges you. It is run by volunteers and is the brainchild of retired Sheriff's Lt. Jim Hill. The land was donated by local community leaders and it is a great place for foreign exchange students to come and learn about America, at the ground level. Of course, while we were there, we took home enough tomatoes and squash, along with a donation from another friend of figs and plums, to go to 7 adults and 16 children! Everyone went home with eggs (my donation), figs, satsuma plums, prickly pear cactus fruit, tomatoes and a smile. The power of money was not involved, it was the power of community.
Since Europeans first came to the Americas and the Caribbean where hurricanes occur, hurricanes have been named using a variety of systems. First they were named after Catholic saints. Later on, the latitude-longitude positions of a storm’s formation was used as a name. This was a little too cumbersome to use in conversation.
Military meteorologists started giving female names to storms during World War II, and in 1950 the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) adopted the method. The WMO devised a system of rotating, alphabetical names. (Names can be retired at WMO meetings by request from a nation that has been hit by the storm. The name is then not used for 10 years, which makes historic references and insurance claims easier.)
In 1979, the system was given a dose of political correctness: male names were added to the Atlantic hurricanes list, as were French and Spanish names, reflecting the languages of the nations affected by the storms. Eastern Pacific hurricanes started using male names the previous year.
Today, the WMO uses six lists of 21 names (Q, U, X, Y and Z names are not used) that it cycles through every six years, with the gender of the season’s first storm alternating year to year, and genders alternating through the rest of the hurricane season. If there are more than 21 named storms in a year, as there were in 2005, the rest of the storms are named for letters in the Greek alphabet.
Occasionally, a storm suffers something of an identity crisis and has its name changed. This happens when a storm crosses from one ocean to another, or if it dies down and then redevelops.
Will My Name Be a Hurricane This Year?
If your name is Oscar, then yes. Here’s the 2012 list: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, William. (Mental Floss)
On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about:
1862 The second Battle of Bull Run
1914 British women join the war effort
1942 Red Cross announces that Japan has denied passage of medical supplies for US POWs.
1949 Soviets explode atomic bomb
1960 Hurricane Donna is born
1966 The Beatles play their last live concert together at Candlestick Park in San Francisco
1968 Hubert Humphrey is nominated by his party
1982 Ingrid Bergman dies on her birthday
1987 "La Bamba" is a #1 hit
2005 Hurricane Katrina hits
2012 Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in Louisiana