Oct 2, 2012 Weather Channel story
- Athena: The Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, inspirations, justice, mathematics and all things wonderful.
- Brutus: Roman Senator and best known assassin of Julius Caesar.
- Caesar: Title used by Roman and Byzantine emperors.
- Draco: The first legislator of Athens in Ancient Greece.
- Euclid: A mathematician in Ancient Greece, the father of geometry.
- Freyr: A Norse god associated with fair weather, among other things.
- Gandolf: A character in a 1896 fantasy novel in a pseudo-medieval countryside.
- Helen: In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy was the daughter of Zeus.
- Iago: Enemy of Othello in Shakespeare’s play, Othello.
- Jove: The English name for Jupiter, the Roman god of light and sky.
- Khan: Mongolian conqueror and emperor of the Mongol empire.
- Luna: The divine embodiment of the moon in Roman mythology.
- Magnus: The Father of Europe, Charlemagne the Great, in Latin: Carolus Magnus.
- Nemo: A Greek boy’s name meaning "from the valley," means "nobody" in Latin.
- Orko: The thunder god in Basque mythology.
- Plato: Greek philosopher and mathematician, who was named by his wrestling coach.
- Q: The Broadway Express subway line in New York City.
- Rocky: A single mountain in the Rockies.
- Saturn: Roman god of time, also the namesake of the planet Saturn in our solar system.
- Triton: In Greek mythology, the messenger of the deep sea, son of Poseidon.
- Ukko: In Finnish mythology, the god of the sky and weather.
- Virgil: One of ancient Rome’s greatest poets.
- Walda: Name from Old German meaning “ruler.”
- Xerxes: The fourth king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire, Xerxes the Great.
- Yogi: People who do yoga.
- Zeus: In Greek mythology, the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and the gods who lived there.
Oct 3, 2012 Weather Channel story titled Why The Weather Channel is Naming Winter Storms
- Naming a storm raises awareness.
- Attaching a name makes it much easier to follow a weather system’s progress.
- A storm with a name takes on a personality all its own, which adds to awareness.
- In today’s social media world, a name makes it much easier to reference in communication.
- A named storm is easier to remember and refer to in the future.
In fact, historically many major winter storms have been named during or after the event has occurred. Examples include “The President’s Day Storm” and “Snowmageddon.” Yet, until now, there has been no organized naming system for these storms before they impact population centers.
Finally, it might even be fun and entertaining and that in itself should breed interest from our viewing public and our digital users.
- Oct 3, 2012 - Washington Post - TV weathercasters criticize unilateral action by The Weather Channel on storm naming
- Oct 4, 2012 - Poynter - Some meteorologists skeptical about Weather Channel’s plan to name winter storms
- "Weather Channel to name Winter Storms! First Thought: 'Who died and made them King?!'" - Andrew Freiden, Meteorologist at NBC12 Richmond
- "The Weather Channel has confused media spin with science and public safety." - Joel Myers, CEO of AccuWeather
- "I call this a “preemptive” decision because there was, from everything I have learned, NO coordination of this decision to name winter storms with the National Weather Service or any of the professional groups such as the Weather Coalition, groups within the AMS or NWA." - Bob Ryan, Meteorologist at WJLA
- "They could also submit a paper ( my preference) to one of the peer-reviewed journals outlining the idea and stating the criteria for using it." - Dan Satterfield, Meteorologist at WBOC.
Since this is unofficial, then we can create our own list of names for the Toledo area. Our naming system would apply to any weather event and not just winter storms.