Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Of Sex Changes and Tropical Weather

I'm sure by now we've all seen the weather channel and noticed that Hurricane season has started a day early this year with the formation of Tropical Storm Arthur, but did you know that Arthur started off his tropical storm life as a she?

As Jeff Masters at the Wunderground blog points out:

Buckle your seat belts, hurricane season is here! If the formation of Arthur on the day before hurricane season officially starts is any indication, we are in for a strange and unusual season. Alma, the Eastern Pacific tropical storm that hit Nicaragua Thursday, fell apart over the high mountains of Honduras. The remnants reorganized over the Western Caribbean on Saturday morning and became Arthur. Had Alma maintained her identity as a tropical depression during the crossing, she would have kept her name. As it was, Alma died, had a posthumous sex change, and became reborn as a man named Arthur.

Many conservatives have chimed in saying allowing the storm to change is a stark example of meteorological activism and scientific fiat and are calling on people to boycott the weather channel especially the locals on the 8s, and will continue to monitor the scientific community. It's sent a shutter throughout and most concerned including Geologists who say that there may be a backlash against metamorphic rocks.

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2 comments:

Waldo said...

- and that's also probably what killed off hermaphrodite brigs: nautical backlash!

Anonymous said...

In related news, Ornithologists beware!