Thursday, October 08, 2009

Good Morning, Melor!

Last night, Typhoon No. 18 passed right over the top of Osaka. The howling of the wind kept me awake half the night. How about you?

In Japan, typhoons are numbered. In other countries, they are given names. (You probably all remember that New Orleans was devastated [badly damaged] by hurricane Katrina some years back.) Traditionally, tropical storms – hurricanes, cyclones & typhoons – were all given ladies’ names. These days, they alternate [take turns] between men’s & ladies’ names when naming tropical storms.

Typhoon No. 18 is called Melor. Melor is a man’s name from Russia. It’s a modern name meaning “Communist Creation.” It was made by combining the first letters of Marx, Engles, Lenin (3 famous communist philosophers), and October Revolution (the revolution that brought the Communists to power in Russia).

Anyway, it seems that the worst of Melor has passed. We can look forward to clear skies this weekend!

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