"Dirty Side of the Storm"

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"Dirty Side of the Storm"

#1 Postby Deputy Van Halen » Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:06 pm

Last year when Rita was approaching, I heard ad nauseum the phrase "dirty side of the storm", meaning the right side of the eye, with the stronger winds and bigger storm surge.

I had never heard the phrase before. Was this phrase just recently invented? If not, when did it originate? Did people start using it because it sounded cool, and "bad side of the storm" was too bland?

If you think about it, it really should be the other side of the storm that's called the dirty side, because there, the wind is blowing from the land toward the sea, and land is where the "dirt" is. 8-)
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#2 Postby Extremeweatherguy » Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:17 pm

I had not heard of this phrase myself until I moved out to Texas. Probably something a local met around this area invented and then everyone stole his term.
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#3 Postby Lindaloo » Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:20 pm

It is a southern thing. The NE quad does downright mean dirty things to you and your property. So, we refer to it as the dirty side of the storm.
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#4 Postby Jim Cantore » Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:43 pm

I call it the "Side you dont want to be on" :wink:
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#5 Postby docjoe » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:20 pm

Hurricane Floyd wrote:I call it the "Side you dont want to be on" :wink:


I call it time to pick the color of your new shingles

docjoe
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#6 Postby Jim Cantore » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:21 pm

Or

"Time to get out of the way"
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#7 Postby Josephine96 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:19 am

Hunker down :)
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#8 Postby Dean4Storms » Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:17 am

I think a more proper term would be......

The more Destructive side of the Storm.
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#9 Postby redmosquito » Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:19 am

docjoe wrote:
I call it time to pick the color of your new shingles

docjoe


Bwahahhahhaha!
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#10 Postby southerngale » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:30 am

I've heard it all my life so I don't know when it started. I figured it was universally understood. :wink:
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#11 Postby bob rulz » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:32 am

Nope, I've never heard it before.

Then again...I don't live anywhere that has to worry about hurricanes.
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#12 Postby brunota2003 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:36 am

you guys have heard this term: its also known as the RFQ or Right Front Quadrant
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#13 Postby Stormtrack » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:43 am

I've heard the term for so many years I can't remember when I first heard it. I know it was being used in the 80's a lot.
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#14 Postby Windtalker1 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:15 pm

Stormtrack wrote:I've heard the term for so many years I can't remember when I first heard it. I know it was being used in the 80's a lot.
Wilma's Dirty side was the backside, not the NE Quad. when she crossed FL
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#15 Postby bob rulz » Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:28 pm

brunota2003 wrote:you guys have heard this term: its also known as the RFQ or Right Front Quadrant


I didn't know "right front quadrant" was the same TERM as "dirty side of the storm." There's a difference between what a term MEANS and what it actually SAYS. They may mean the same thing, but they're still different terms.
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#16 Postby N2DaTropics » Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:38 pm

An old former Chief of Police around here used to call it the "dog side" of the storm
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#17 Postby brunota2003 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:03 pm

bob rulz wrote:
brunota2003 wrote:you guys have heard this term: its also known as the RFQ or Right Front Quadrant


I didn't know "right front quadrant" was the same TERM as "dirty side of the storm." There's a difference between what a term MEANS and what it actually SAYS. They may mean the same thing, but they're still different terms.
when did I say that they were the exact terms? I would like to know please...
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#18 Postby Jim Cantore » Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:30 pm

Windtalker1 wrote:
Stormtrack wrote:I've heard the term for so many years I can't remember when I first heard it. I know it was being used in the 80's a lot.
Wilma's Dirty side was the backside, not the NE Quad. when she crossed FL


It was the south side, partly because Wilma came in on an angle.
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#19 Postby bob rulz » Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:18 pm

brunota2003 wrote:
bob rulz wrote:
brunota2003 wrote:you guys have heard this term: its also known as the RFQ or Right Front Quadrant


I didn't know "right front quadrant" was the same TERM as "dirty side of the storm." There's a difference between what a term MEANS and what it actually SAYS. They may mean the same thing, but they're still different terms.
when did I say that they were the exact terms? I would like to know please...


Uh...it's quoted right there.

"you guys have heard this term: its also known as the RFQ or Right Front Quadrant"

But it's not like it matters that much. Just me being picky.
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#20 Postby Steve » Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:32 pm

Also known as the "wet side" vs. the "dry side."

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