Hurricane Irene (pronounced as Eye-Reen in USA and irene in Greek as far as I know) is a North Atlantic tropical cyclone that inflicted extensive damage on Caribbean nations before making landfall in North Carolina, on the East Coast of the United States. The ninth named storm, the first hurricane and the first major hurricane of the 2011 season, Irene formed from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that showed signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles. It developed atmospheric convection and a closed cyclonic circulation center, prompting the National Hurricane Center to initiate public advisories on the tropical cyclone late on August 20. (see wikipedia and NHC for further details). It affected many places, and most possibly it will affect Boston and upward area tomorrow. My flight to Boston and over 9000 flights were cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. Here is the track path of Hurricane Irene:
I have two things to share (which are not relatively related to each other): 1) what will happen in the distributional sense to the statistics of the baby names in the following years after the Hurricane Irene has damaged to many places in east cost of USA. 2) A pictorial presentation of what was happened in Bethesda Safeway market 1 day prior to arrival of Hurricane Irene.
1) Irene(Byzantine ruler and saint of the Greek Orthodox Church who was instrumental in restoring the use of icons in the Eastern Roman Empire) is a very popular first name for women (#76 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#51229 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census). Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Irene for girls. (2010 statistics) http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Irene
so, do we expect a sharp reduction in names of Irene at least in the names of babies who will be born in the following couple of months? May be a sociological study could show how people react in such situations..
2) In Bethesda (maryland), here is the picture for safeway store just one day before the arrival of Hurricane Irene. The picture itself manifest that people are taking the advices from media seriously…(I was very late to find water 🙂