Some of us are so irate over the scourge of drunk driving that they take time to text their congressperson about it, while driving to work in the morning.
And some of us will chortle and say "pish-tosh" at the morning weather forecast, and say that "they can never tell you when it's gonna rain!" but then they will grab ahold of the official advance report of the Tropical Meteorology Protect team from Colorado State University, which predicts 11 named storms during the 2017 Batten Down The Hatches Season (which is officially June 1 to Nov. 30, but is really January 1 to December 31) and commence panicking procedures right away.
The team figures that four of the 11 storms with nicknames will turn into hurricanes, and that two of the four will become Major B.A. Hurricanes... "major" hurricanes being those that reach category 3, 4 and 5 storms on the Saffir/Simpson scale. You have to have maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph for The Simpsons to take notice.
It's just a riot to me that we will pay no attention to the morning meteorologists, but then start fretting about hurricanes ruining the Labor Day picnic when Memorial Day hasn't even been celebrated yet. There must be a rule of some sort that the further into the future a forecast delves, the more believable it is.
Last year in Maryland, we had no hurricane problem at all. The closest we came was Hurricane Hermine in September, but she took a hard right turn right into the ocean and left us to gather up the surf mats and beach umbrellas without 112 mph winds to mess things up.
There was Matthew last year, which caused death and destruction down south and in the Caribbean. That name has been retired. But if your name is on the list below, get ready to be mentioned if hurricanes start brewing:
Next year, look for names such as "Rex," "Reince," and "Ivanka" to make the list.