"Paulette," as well as two hard-to-pronounce names that make us glad we work in print, were added to the tropical storm name list last week. Meanwhile, a famous wife beater has terrorized his last coastal residents, as he was pulled from the list.
In the aftermath of a particularly tragic storm, the World Meteorological Organization announced recently that it was pulling Gustav, Ike, and Paloma. Due to the damage they collectively wrought last year, those names will be replaced when they were next supposed to be used in 2014 with Gonzalo, Isaias, and Paulette.
It's typically nice to be recognized, except when your name is referenced in headlines like "Hurricane Gustav to become Gulf Coast monster?" or "Gustav's Fury."
For those wondering whose name could coincidentally linked to mass destruction and loss of life, here is the rundown for 2009:
Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.