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Winter storm names for the 2012-2013 season

Oct 2, 2012 Weather Channel story

During the upcoming 2012-13 winter season The Weather Channel will name noteworthy winter storms. Below is our list of names, along with some information about the origins of the names.
  • 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

Hurricanes and tropical storms have been given names since the 1940s. In the late 1800s, tropical systems near Australia were named as well. Weather systems, including winter storms, have been named in Europe since the 1950s. Important dividends have resulted from attaching names to these 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.

The flip-side:

Some comments:

  • "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.

created by jr on Oct 05, 2012 at 09:23:39 am     Outdoors     Comments: 19

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I would have started with "anonymouscoward".

posted by Molsonator on Oct 05, 2012 at 09:25:44 am     #  

ROFL it blows hard, gives a great snowjob, then evaporates into hot air?

posted by Linecrosser on Oct 05, 2012 at 10:17:59 am     #  


(thank you, William Shatner)

posted by oldhometown on Oct 05, 2012 at 11:11:56 am     #  

Opal and Packo, for farther down the alphabet

posted by viola on Oct 05, 2012 at 12:12:32 pm     #   1 person liked this

Ya know jr, as much flack as I take for being an asshole, at least lately I'm not like at least 3 people on here who have to get in attacks on someone not even in the thread, in a thread not on /p/. Care to comment?

posted by anonymouscoward on Oct 05, 2012 at 04:46:23 pm     #  

If NWS doesn't name it, it shouldn't be named.

Stupid idea. How many times have they forecast 10" of snow for us to get nothing. What if they name it and nothing happens?

It's strictly marketing. The next step from "Winter Blast", etc. Just like Super Mega Ultra Doppler 13 billion+1.

I stopped trusting The Weather Channel after their "meteorologists" got better looking. The better looking they got, the less they knew about real weather.

posted by micah on Oct 05, 2012 at 11:52:23 pm     #   1 person liked this

"The better looking they got, the less they knew about real weather" that logic the local "meteorologists" MUST be sage

posted by justareviewer on Oct 06, 2012 at 08:56:58 am     #  

I can see them naming them after the fact, which kind of defeats the purpose I think.

posted by Linecrosser on Oct 06, 2012 at 09:13:49 am     #  

TARTA - would be my suggestion for a storm that soaks the public.

posted by holland on Oct 06, 2012 at 11:11:45 am     #   1 person liked this

The Weather Channel has been irrelevant for years. They switched from being focused on weather coverage to just another cable network with scripted programming. Their ratings are in the tank and they need something to get attention.

posted by JustaSooner on Oct 06, 2012 at 12:22:45 pm     #  

Snow Storm Names... I'd like to get in on this and share with you. We've lived in the snow belts of Chicago and the northeast corner of Ohio. And always worked 40-50 miles from home.

I started one of those cutsie things with my wife about 30 years ago in that when I got up before her (always), I'd look out the window and if it was snowing or had snowed, I would quietly sing "Jingle Bells". Believe me when I say that her response was always names that I won't mention here... Now that we're both retired, we see the snow outside and actually enjoy watching it fall. And clearing the snow is almost a community street event with certain close by neighbors having a nice heater warming the garage, a coffee pot and a bottle of spirits to sweeten the coffee.

As for those weather nerds wanting to name winter storms, it's obvious to me that their automation has caused them to have way too much time on their hands.

I say we stick to the old names like "the white s#*t."

posted by rch101 on Oct 07, 2012 at 09:29:11 pm     #  

Massive Dump 2012

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Oct 08, 2012 at 01:14:18 pm     #   1 person liked this

Draco approaches. Allegedly, we'll get our first measurable snowfall of the season. Pretty much our first snow of the season.

Toledo forecast issued Wed afternoon, Dec 19, 2012:

Thursday: Rain showers. Breezy with highs in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.

Thursday Night: Rain and snow showers likely in the evening... Then snow showers after midnight. Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Breezy with lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Friday: Snow showers. Additional light snow accumulation. Windy with highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of snow 80 percent.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Brisk with lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds around 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and brisk. Highs in the mid 30s.

Wind Advisory

weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
410 pm est wed dec 19 2012

the national weather service in cleveland has issued a wind
advisory...which is in effect from noon to 7 pm est thursday.

  • winds...south 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
  • timing...noon to 7 pm est thursday
  • impacts...limb damage is possible and loose items could be blown

Winter Weather Advisory

winter weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
423 pm est wed dec 19 2012

the national weather service in cleveland has issued a winter
weather advisory for snow showers and gusty winds...which is in
effect from 7 pm thursday to 7 am est friday.

  • accumulations...up to 2 to 4 inches of snow.
  • timing...7 pm thursday to 7 am est friday. this advisory may
    need to be extended into friday as well.
  • winds...southwest 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
  • impacts...snow accumulation can make roads slick...requiring
    lower speeds and greater distances between vehicles while
  • the lower 30s.
  • visibilities...visibilities will be reduced from snow and
    blowing snow.

posted by jr on Dec 19, 2012 at 05:51:23 pm     #  

Winter storm names are stupid, which sounds better "Blizzard of 78" or "Bob"?

posted by Linecrosser on Dec 19, 2012 at 05:58:54 pm     #  

Linecrosser posted at 05:58:54 PM on Dec 19, 2012:

Winter storm names are stupid, which sounds better "Blizzard of 78" or "Bob"?

"Bob" is not on the 2012-2013 Weather Channel winter storm name list.

Blizzard of 78? That's imaginative. Let's see, that storm was a blizzard, and it occurred in 1978.

Lighten up, Francis. It's a Weather Channel-only thing, anyway. I'm looking forward to what the storm Gandolf will be like.

Two storms from now, the name is Freyr, which is described as, "A Norse god associated with fair weather, among other things." A storm named after fair weather??

posted by jr on Dec 19, 2012 at 06:28:45 pm     #   1 person liked this


I hate winter.

posted by jackie on Dec 19, 2012 at 07:01:57 pm     #  

Here comes Blizzard Beetlejuice.

posted by Linecrosser on Dec 19, 2012 at 07:39:00 pm     #  

They mention the word "awareness" as a reason for naming winter storms. I experienced the winter storm of 1978. I was definitely aware of it as I walked back down Green Valley Drive to our house after my car got stuck in the snow close to Glendale and Green Valley. TWC has gotten too big for its britches and has gone the "let's make everyone aware of this storm by giving it a human quality". Names run out. Numbers and dates do not. A storm is a natural phenomena, not a living thing. When someone raises awareness on any issue, they assume that the vast majority of us are not aware until said people push their agenda upon us. Trust us, we are aware, only now we are aware that you are insulting our intelligence. Such arrogance!

posted by tomshiba on Feb 21, 2013 at 04:31:42 pm     #   1 person liked this

It is all about money. They have been losing viewers for years and needed to do something. Since broadcasting the weather isn't part of their business model anymore. ;)

posted by JustaSooner on Feb 21, 2013 at 04:59:19 pm     #   1 person liked this