When the practice of naming hurricanes first began in 1953, the names that were used were all female, all the time. How depressing! In the more lady-friendly year of 1979, the National Hurricane Center began alternating male and female names, a practice that continues today. This year, the lady on everyone’s mind is Sandy, as the hurricane makes its way up the East Coast over the next couple of days (although an equal amount of people seem to be fond of the much more creative “Frankenstorm”). In Sandy’s honor, let’s take a look at some other huge and expensive storms that happened to be “female,” and try to resist any “ladies like expensive things” jokes while we’re at it.