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The Link Between Storms and Procreation

The Link Between Storms and Procreation

For readers who were in Hurricane Sandy’s path, we hope that you were unscathed. And that you took advantage of being cooped up inside by eating all the ice cream in the freezer and, of course, getting your freak on. The theory of mini baby-booms nine months after a crazy storm, blackout, or hurricane is alive and well—I mean, seriously, reading by candlelight is actually kind of cumbersome. But is there truth to it? Buzzfeed.com separated fact from fiction, and the answer’s a little more nuanced than we thought. Here’s what they found:

  • Thunderstorms and tornadoes inspire us to get busy between the sheets. In fact, 70 percent of us have gotten down in one of those conditions, according to a study by Trojan Condoms. Just plain ol’ rainy days do it for us too…83 percent of us, to be exact.
  • But hurricanes don’t really set the mood. Only 7 percent of us felt inspired to have sex during a hurricane. Probably because everyone’s busy preparing—when it comes to mid-storm conception, the number of babies born during a low-severity storm were higher than usual. But that number dropped if people were prepping for severe weather, like a dangerous hurricane.
  • And it’s not singles who are making babies with their Hurricane Boyfriend or Girlfriend…most people who conceive the night of a storm are already parents.
  • And they pay homage to the storm nine months later. Hurricane names often become popular baby names—it happened with Camille in 1969 and Alicia in 1983.
  • Blackout babies and blizzard babies are a myth though—there’s no statistical evidence to back up the theory that there are more babies born nine months after either one.

Did you get extra busy during Sandy?

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5:18AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

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1:48PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

ever heard of contraceptives?

4:08PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

I have read that non-primates will tend to have sex if cornered, and in crisis, presumably as a way of maintaining survival of the species, so why not the human animal?

11:57PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

I can understand the lack of "inspiration" during hurricaines, but I would have thought blackouts and blizzards were less scary.

10:34AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

sex during a hurricane-fear related,

10:21AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

I believe that sex in troubled times, is instictive.
It is Mother Nature's way of keeping the species intact and promoting future generations to procreate.

4:06AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

hmmm, who knows...:D

1:29AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Well why not? :-)

12:09AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Stormy relationships as well, perhaps?

11:32PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Its true it happens very natural n normal. Your desire arouses in such circumstances much more than in normal conditions.

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