October 28, 2012

Why Name Storm ‘Hurricane Sandy’?



I’m angry at my daughter yet again.

She acknowledges she’s being blamed for the latest hurricane. If it weren’t for this hurricane barrelllng up the Atlantic coastline from Florida to Maine we wouldn’t be anticipating a Perfect Storm dubbed Frankenstorm.

It’s all her fault. Why else would they have named this hurricane Hurricane Sandy?

My daughter has the unfortunate luck (at least in this instance it isn’t convenient) to be named Sandy. Yet she is a gentle person, not at all destructive, as this storm is predicted to be. Thus I have to disagree with a comment following a post on the storm4:

  • SANDYSVENGANCEOCT2012:   …The Storm From The West! The end result will be called Witch’s Brew Sandy!

and agree with the following comment:

  • ZEEKSTEENYNE: What kind of a name for a megastorm is “Sandy”? It should be something like Sauron or Sonneillon (the demon of hatred) or Stolas (a high prince of Hell, commanding 26 legions)

I must admit that I have never heard of Sauron (the primary antagonist and titular character of J. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings6), Sonneillon or Stolas, but they sound like more appropriate names for a hurricane of Hurricane Sandy’s ilk. She may During the next 3-4 days…undergo a transformation, or merger, with an approaching upper-atmosphere trough or potential vorticity filament to result in a more intense, massive cyclone with deeper low-pressure prior to landfall1 that will hit a broad region with 50 mph winds and rain and storm surges as it barrels up the East Coast toward New York, in what some are calling the “storm of the century2, which led Cathypem to respond:

  • I love how they explain where the name Frankenstorm comes from but assume we all know what a      “gyre” is. I’m thinking it’s the gyre we really need to be afraid of, since it seems to precipitate the entire event!

Well, no I don’t know what a gyre is. So I looked it up:

  1. A circular or spiral form; a vortex
  2. A circular or spiral motion, especially a circular ocean current.9

In oceanography, a gyre is a ringlike system of ocean currents rotating clockwise int eh Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.10

By next week Hurricane Sandy is expected to turn into a winter storm hybrid as it collides with an early winter storm from the west and a blast of arctic air from the north combined with a full moon—creating what National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco dubbed a Frankenstorm1.

“Some forecasters are calling this combination of weather factors ‘Frankenstorm’ because of the close proximity to Halloween,” officials with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., wrote in a storm update today (Oct. 26). “However, because Sandy is a woman’s name, the storm could be considered a ‘bride of Frankenstorm.'”11

The triple whammy three-headed monster is also being called a Perfect Storm:

  • a particularly violent storm arising from a rare combination of adverse meteorological factors.
  • an especially bad situation caused by a combination of unfavourable circumstances8

Theocanada agreed with ZeekSteenyne:

  • @ZeekSteenyne – yeah, sandy should never be a storm name. what are they thinking?

And two others tossed in their comments:

  • Twantmymtv  @theocanada – Sandy is what you call a really windy wedding in Montauk.
  • Brianna12  it’s gonna be Sandy-monium!

The comments contained alternative nicknames for the potential storm:

  • Muletta   snOctober surprise.
  • Lattitude18N   Oct-snowber.

Adjectives appearing in media reports include

  • snowicane,
  • snowicanwolves3,

If it were only Hurricane Sandy perhaps I could forgive those who name the hurricanes. But when the name refers to the hurricane after it collides with the western storm and the northern arctic blast I must take exception to it being named after my daughter.

However, she will make the best of it. That’s what she was taught to do with calamities.



Are You Prepared for Frankenstorm’s Onslaught?

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  1. I can feel her pain,  after Hurricane “Frederic” they retired the name.    –  phred


    Comment by Fred Wells — October 28, 2012 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

    • How’s it going in Ohio????? And no one can retire your name, phred…

      Comment by carolyncholland — October 28, 2012 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  2. I know what I’m afraid of! THX for doing the research for me. 🙂

    Comment by Words We Women Write — October 29, 2012 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

    • No problem…I like to know what I am reading and writing about, and often run into words I don’t know. So we all learn…

      Thanks for commenting.

      Carolyn Cornell Holland

      Comment by carolyncholland — October 29, 2012 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

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