Hurricane Season 2009 has Begun!
Well well well, looky here, the first Atlantic "tropical depression"of the year. It's nowhere near Cancun (closer to Canada actually), but living where we do, we monitor the Atlantic activity throughout the months of June to November (and here we are May, early to the party Mr. Depression Number One). I know this may sound odd, but I get excited about these events. I know that we are not in physical danger and I must say there is nothing quite so exhilarating as a tropical storm when you know you are safe. I also figure that we survived Wilma, we can survive anything. She was the biggest, baddest of them all, nothing could be worse than that and we were fine (physically anyway). Cancun took a big wallop, but showed its resilience and ability to get back to business in a short time. I think the swine flu "infodemic" might be causing more damage than a hurricane. I am not making light of a very serious event, I understand that hurricanes are responsible for a huge loss of life and property every year, but I do get a surge of adrenaline that I just can't explain.
So, I guess it's that time of year again, see my post from last year about hurricane preparedness to see what kind of fun we get up to. Welcome to the danger zone!
Just for fun, here's the list of names for the storms this year (names are not applied until the weather system reaches tropical storm level, depressions are just numbered).....
2009 Atlantic storm names
Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda
They all sound pretty harmless, right? Like Auntie Ida could ever do anyone any harm.....Or Larry? Larry can't even lift the water bottle onto the cooler, what damage could a Hurricane Larry inflict? (I suppose I should be knocking on wood here, I don't want to come back in a few months and say that Ida kicked our butts....)