August 11, 2004

*Googley Fun

Someone found my site while searching for "names of tornadoes in 2004"...which led them to this post.

Tornadoes don't have names. The ones that leave a big enough impression are remembered thusly: "The Plainfield Tornado", etc. If Plainfield had more than one major tornado, it would be "The Plainfield Tornado of 1990".

Hurricanes get names so people can keep track of them as they move over time. Tornadoes form quickly and are short-lived, so naming them isn't terribly useful.

Posted by Jennifer at August 11, 2004 02:34 PM


We don't get too terribly many tornado warnings where I live, but this week we've had three. I've never seen clouds like this before. The Tornado Season of August 2004.

Posted by: Todd at August 12, 2004 02:58 AM

Naming tornadoes makes sense if you want to keep one as a pet. They're perfect for those who're afraid of long-term commitment.

Posted by: Ted at August 13, 2004 10:51 AM