October 22nd, 2005

fuzzy sweatpants

TS Alpha!

Tropical Storm Alpha has formed! We've run out of letters to name storms in the conventional way, so we're going to use Greek letters until this record-breaking Atlantic tropical season has ended.

BZ wonders whether, if Alpha makes landfall as a serious storm, they will retire the name. If there are 22 named storms again next year, will they jump right from the W name (William) to Beta?

(disclaimer: Yes, I know storms are dangerous and have the potential to cause lots of damage and loss of life. I still find weather neat anyway. Sorry.)