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10/23/2005 12:42 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

We're Now Into Greek Names for Storms: Can Hurricane Omega Be Far Behind?

Just in case you missed it, a new tropical disturbance in the Atlantic has now exceeded sustained winds of 40 mph.

For the first time ever, we've run out of hurricane names that sound like the names of people. I mean Hurricane "Rita?" That's also the name of my favorite cousin.

Now, with the expiration of the alphabet, we have to start on Alpha. That's the Greek alphabet.

Do you think, maybe, just maybe, that global warming has something to do with the quick acceleration of Atlantic drizzles to Atlantic hurricanes, and gentle, rainy Gulf breezes to Cat 5 monsters?

Of course, one could turn on the radio and hear raging conservatives -- among them one who hopefully has overcome an OxyContin habit -- blame all this global warming talk on lefty scientists who just hate capitalism -- and lefty media fellow travelers who just love to parrot that mentality because they, after all hate capitalism too.

Yet even the skeptics are starting to come around. According to "Did Global Warming Cause Katrina," a piece that ran on the Knight Ridder Tribune newswire on Saturday:

"But even if a natural trend is at work in the Atlantic, that doesn't explain why hurricanes are getting stronger around the world," said Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. A 35-year veteran of hurricane research, Holland said he was skeptical of the impact of global warming impact until recently.

'If you look around the globe, this is a consistent change that's happening everywhere, which leads me to say what's going on in the Atlantic may not be a (natural) oscillation. It may be a trend related to global climate change.'"

Of course, Fox News doesn't think so -- mainly because, as their cited sources claim, hurricane measurements weren't too accurate before 1960s, and who knows how strong those predecessor storms really were.

I can hear it now. Let me spare the righties the effort. OK, Rush, Sean, Michael. National Center for Atmospheric Research is based in Boulder, a place where there are a lot of tree huggers. There must be something in the water there. Or in what they're smokin'.

But one thing is clear. This new disturbance has a Greek name. Nothing wrong with that -- witness the lovely name of our proprietor -- but when you have to give tropical storms Greek names because you have run out of other names, that rings loud and clear.

That's the same Fox "News" that hammered home that Saddam had WMD, probably did 9/11 and the anthrax attacks -- and now, of course, Karl and Scooter are being victimized and Patrick Fitzgerald is a Democratic partisan.

If Fox reported that 2+2=4, I'd doubt the arithmetic I learned when I was yea high.

But try this on for arithmetic: 22 storms, and not enough names to name them. Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. One day, we could see Hurricane Omega.

Don't laugh.