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Thoughts on a Hurricane Chris

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyJul 25, 2006 6:30 AM

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Recently Jeff Masters noted of Hurricane Daniel--which attained Cat 4 strength over the East Pacific recently--that it was his "favorite type of hurricane--a huge, spectacular Category 4 (almost 5) storm that is no threat to land." Actually, albeit in a weakened state, Daniel may hit Hawaii, so perhaps it's a threat after all. Still, as I contemplate the next storm in the North Atlantic--which will either be named Tropical Storm Chris or Hurricane Chris--I find myself feeling pretty much the same way. On the one hand, I don't want my namesake hurricane to be totally wimpy. On the other, I certainly don't want it to destroy a city or kill scores of people. So I'll settle for a kickass hurricane that burns itself out at sea after dissipating loads of power and achieving a state of ferocious intensity--fair enough? (Of course, this would also mean that the name "Chris" would not be retired this year, which seems like a good deal to me.) P.S.: "Hurricane Chris" also makes for a pretty good drinking name. P.P.S.: There will also be a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Cristobal in 2008, so the fun continues...

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