Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NAMING WINTER STORMS

OK, now this is kind of strange.
Or maybe cool?

The Weather Channel has decided to name Winter Storms this season.
So without further ado, here are the "names" of the major winter storms for 2012-2013:

Winter Storm Name photo, courtesy of: Weather.com
Now being down here along the Gulf coast, we are more than used to named storms...Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.  The reasons they give for now naming winter storms are the same as for tropical systems.

They say it will a better way to communicate the threat and timing of impacts of the storms as they approach different parts of the country.  They also mentioned that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter would be a better way to bring together information about the storms when they have a name that can utilized throughout posts by people in the path.

The parameters for when a storm gets named, like wind speed or snow levels, vary for each 'event'.  As for the "names", not sure how they came up with the ones they settled on.  The majority are mythological but some are odd to say the least.  Twitter was even abuzz about the rejected names.

SO what do you all think?  Especially those of you here in the states that might live in the path of possible storms?
Old Man Winter
"Watch out, Gandolf is coming!"
"Oh no, it's Nemo!"
"Here comes Q!"

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12 comments:

T-Bone said...

That is strange and I would like to know the thoughts behind this and how they settled on these. I kind of like the mythological theme though :)

Anonymous said...

Now that IS weird? I'm not sure what to think. T-Bone is right though the names are way cool. How about changing hurricane names to those? Hahaha.

Marcia said...

It will take some getting used to. And then too will they name every storm? ANd could there be several named storms all over the country at one time? May get confusing.

mary said...

That's bit odd. I guess we'll just have to see how it works out. Very interesting. Name are neat though. We'll see!

Kelly said...

As a northerner, I think it's just plain dumb. We get snow all the time. Sometimes a dusting, sometimes a foot. Hurricanes are easier to predict and have a much larger destruction impact than snow does. Yes, it might knock out power for a day or two, but it generally doesn't destroy homes or businesses like hurricanes do.

1st Man said...

I agree, the names are unusual enough to be interesting, not sure why the intentional mythological slant but I'll give em points for originality, ha.

1st Man said...

I could see us getting warnings about "hurricane zeus" or "tropical storm athena", LOL!

1st Man said...

It will be interesting to see how they handle it and if other media outlets pick up on it (such as the local news/weather, etc). I could see it getting confusing. That's the thing about tropical systems, there are never 2 or more hitting at the same time. There might be 2 or even 3 OUT THERE but they are so far apart there is never any need to have them being talked about at once. I guess we'll see. Should be fun, ha.

1st Man said...

Funny how the names are pretty popular but the overall idea is kind of "um, whatever", ha.

1st Man said...

Exactly! Not sure the rules. I think they will end up having problems or confusion. This might be the only year we see this, ha. Personally, I like when they use made up words like "snowmageddon" or "snowpocalypse", LOL!

Honestly, let's hope no one has any of those this Winter!

Dawn said...

Well, this is perfect for my son. I will show this to him. We are headed to Michigan for the holidays, so maybe we'll be able to catch a named storm! Thank you for sharing!

Bee Girl said...

This is interesting. I will be curious to see how it actually works this year. I do like the odd names though as I wouldn't want a storm to be named after me...you know..."Winter Storm Melissa is said to have caused the deaths of 32 people across three states." Yeah...go ahead and blame Zeus instead ;-)