Major U.S. Winter Storms to get names

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:50 PM GMT on October 02, 2012

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October is here, and its time to start thinking about how the coming winter's storm might compare to mighty blizzards of years past. Do you remember the North American blizzard of February 4, 2010? No? Well, do you remember Snowmageddon, the massive February 2010 Nor'easter that dumped up to 38" of snow in the mid-Atlantic, and killed 41 people? The two storms are the same, but having a simple name for the snowstorm like "Snowmageddon" helps us identify and remember the impacts of the storm. Naming a major winter storm makes even more sense if it is done before the storm hits, to aid in raising awareness of the storm, and to reduce the risks the public faces. That's exactly what The Weather Channel is going to do for the U.S. this winter, they announced in a press release today. A group of senior meteorologists at The Weather Channel chose 26 names for the upcoming winter of 2012 - 2013. The only criteria was to select names that are not and have never been on any of the hurricane lists produced by the National Hurricane Center or National Weather Service. Naming of a winter storm will occur no earlier than three days prior to it hitting, to ensure there is strong confidence that the system could have significant impact on large populations. There is no national center for monitoring winter storms like we have for hurricanes with the National Hurricane Center, so I think it makes sense for The Weather Channel to take this step.


Figure 1. Snowmageddon in Maryland: February 4, 2010. Image credit: wunderphotographer chills.

U.S. winter storm names for winter of 2012 - 2013
Athena -- The Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, inspirations, justice, mathematics and all things wonderful

Brutus -- Roman Senator and best known assassin of Julius
Caesar -- Title used by Roman and Byzantine Emperors 

Draco -- The first legislator of Athens in Ancient
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.

Kahn -- 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, among other things who had a planet named after him

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

I expect that this year The Weather Channel will be pretty conservative about assigning names, and only the very strongest winter storms will get named. For the eastern 2/3 of the country, storms that receive a ranking of "notable" or higher on NOAA's Regional Snowfall Index (RSI) or Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS) are the only ones fairly certain to get named this winter. We only had one such storm during the winter of 2011 - 2012 (Snowtober, on October 29 - 31, 2011.) Thus, if we have another wimpy winter like last winter, we probably won't get to see the Wrath of Khan.

Naming of Winter Storms in Europe
Various organizations in Europe have been naming their winter storms since 1954, and the public has reacted positively to this practice. The names given by the Free University of Berlin are the most widely used, and have been in existence since 1954. Their meteorologists traditionally name all lows and highs that influence the Central European weather. In November 2002, the Free University began an Adopt-a-Vortex scheme, which allows anyone to buy a storm name. The money raised is used by the meteorology department to maintain weather observations at the university. Over 1,800 participants from 15 European countries plus Brazil, Japan and the United States have participated. So far in 2012, 90 European low pressure systems have been given names.


Figure 2. A huge wave from Winter Storm Klaus rolls into Santander, Spain, in this wunderphoto taken by wunderphotographer lunada on January 24, 2009. Klaus had a central pressure of 967 mb at its peak on the morning of January 24, and brought sustained winds of 59 mph, gusting to 81 mph, to Santander. Wind gusts as high as 124 mph (199 km/hr) occurred along the northern coast of Spain, and the storm killed at least 26 people in Spain, France, and Italy.

Naming of Lake Effect Winter Storms by NWS Buffalo
Tom Niziol, The Weather Channel's winter storm expert, was meteorologist-in-charge of the Buffalo, New York NWS office until January 2012. He tells me that for over ten years, the Buffalo NWS has been naming lake-effect storms. This was done only after the event occurred, to avoid any confusion, but was very popular with users. The names were chosen on a yearly basis by having the office staff vote for one of several themes--such as insects, heavenly bodies, famous scientists, minerals, Native American tribes, etc. Last winter, eight storms were named after breeds of cows (?!), as seen at the NWS Buffalo Lake Effect web page. I was not asked to contribute to this year's list of U.S. winter storms, but will lobby for next year's list of names to be taken from famous monsters--Rodan, Ghidorah, Nessie, Kong, Bunnicula, etc.


Figure 3. The most significant lake-effect snow storm of the winter of 2011 - 2012 was named Lake Effect Storm Evolene by the NWS office in Buffalo, New York. Image credit: NWS Buffalo Lake Effect web page.

Nadine
The Methuselah of Atlantic tropical storms, Tropical Storm Nadine, is slowly weakening over cool 22 - 24°C waters. Nadine will have accumulated 20 days as a tropical cyclone later today, but the end is in sight. Wind shear will rise to 30 knots and ocean temperatures will drop to 20°C by Thursday, which should cause Nadine to transition to an extratropical storm as it passes by the northern Azores Islands on Thursday and Friday.

96L off the coast of Africa no threat to land
A tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa over the weekend (Invest 96L) has a moderate amount of spin and a large area of heavy thunderstorms that is growing more organized. The storm is located about 925 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, and is headed northwest at 10 - 15 mph. Wind shear is a moderate 10 knots, and is predicted to remain light to moderate, 5 - 15 knots, through Friday. The atmosphere surrounding 96L is fairly moist, and the disturbance does have a good degree of model support for becoming a tropical depression by late in the week. In their 8 am EDT Tropical Weather Outlook, NHC gave 96L a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression by Thursday morning. 96L is likely to get pulled northwards by a large trough of low pressure over the Central Atlantic late this week, and should not be a threat to the Lesser Antilles Islands.

Jeff Masters

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Hubby tried to use the snow-blower to clear the snow, unfortunately for him the snow is too deep for the snow-blower. The shovel and his arms will have to do the job.
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Quoting Patrap:

Quoting Neapolitan:
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Honestly I don't give a rats a** about the drudge report or the person, but insinuating someone that reads that website can a) read, b) use the internet, and c) type, is just being condescending. I don't care about which political side he's votes for. Have a little bit of class before you become to a** in class.



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Winter Storm French Toast: Cuz when its starts to snow the milk & bread must flow!
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Thanks Dr. Masters, this will be an interesting winter.
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Quoting VAstorms:


What makes it major? East coast only? We had 36" of snow over a three day period in 2005 in Santa Fe. The storm stretched from Arizona into the Midwest.
Does that make it a named storm?

No, it's only east coast storms that matter to TWC.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
True... TWC said they will only name MAJOR winter storm, not 3-6 inches events or something like that.


What makes it major? East coast only? We had 36" of snow over a three day period in 2005 in Santa Fe. The storm stretched from Arizona into the Midwest.
Does that make it a named storm?
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Matthew Drudge was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland, near Washington, DC. His parents are Reform Jewish Democrats who both worked for the federal government, and he is their only child.

His father, Robert Drudge, a former social worker who owns the reference site www.refdesk.com, and his mother, a former staff attorney for U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, divorced when he was six. Drudge went to live with his mother. He had few friends and was an avid news reader and radio talk show fan. In his book Drudge Manifesto, Drudge says that he "failed his Bar Mitzvah", and graduated 341st out of a class of 355 from Northwood High School in 1984, giving himself, in his words, a "more than adequate curriculum vitae for a post at 7-Eleven".

In the 1980s, Drudge worked as a telemarketer for Time-Life Books.



Main article: Drudge Report

Drudge was unknown before he began the news aggregation site, the Drudge Report.

For many years, he took odd jobs such as night counterman at a 7-Eleven convenience store, telemarketer for Time-Life books, McDonald's manager, and sales assistant at a New York City grocery store. In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, where he took up residence in a small Hollywood apartment.

He took a job in the gift shop of CBS studios, eventually working his way up to manager. Here, he was apparently privy to some inside gossip, part of the inspiration for founding the Drudge Report. Worried about his son's aimlessness, Drudge's father insisted on buying him a Packard Bell computer in 1994. The Drudge Report began as an e-mail sent out to a few friends.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

The Drudge Report is a news aggregation website. Run by Matt Drudge with the help of Joseph Curl and Charles Hurt, the site consists mainly of links to stories from the United States and international mainstream media about politics, entertainment, and current events as well as links to many columnists. Some consider the Drudge Report conservative in tone, though Drudge considers himself a "popularist" and the sources cited and linked run the gamut of political leanings.
Occasionally, Drudge authors new stories himself based on tips. The Report originated in 1996 as a weekly subscriber-based email dispatch. It was the first news source to break the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the public after Newsweek decided not to publish the story.


Way to google it Aussie..
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Quoting Patrap:
I don't know what Drudge is but that's a bit condescending isn't it?

Say that SLOWLY to yerself and get back to us.

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Quoting Patrap:


How can one NOT know what The Drudge Report is?



Insanity in a Box is what it is,is.




Use your internet skills aussie.

The Drudge Report is a news aggregation website. Run by Matt Drudge with the help of Joseph Curl and Charles Hurt, the site consists mainly of links to stories from the United States and international mainstream media about politics, entertainment, and current events as well as links to many columnists. Some consider the Drudge Report conservative in tone, though Drudge considers himself a "popularist" and the sources cited and linked run the gamut of political leanings.
Occasionally, Drudge authors new stories himself based on tips. The Report originated in 1996 as a weekly subscriber-based email dispatch. It was the first news source to break the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the public after Newsweek decided not to publish the story.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
That's making the assumption that people who frequent Drudge can a) read, b) use the internet, and c) type d)can make internet smiley faces. No worries, then... ;-)


fix it for ya..
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I don't know what Drudge is but that's a bit condescending isn't it?

Say that SLOWLY to yerself and get back to us.

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Quoting AussieStorm:

I don't know what Drudge is but that's a bit condescending isn't it?


How can one NOT know what The Drudge Report is?



Insanity in a Box is what it is,is.




Use your internet skills aussie.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

I don't know what Drudge is but that's a bit condescending isn't it?
No.
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Time Lapse over the Golf Club @BallantyneHotel . Fast Moving Storm: http://youtu.be/kQQi2Gp62hQ #cltwx

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Quoting Neapolitan:
That's making the assumption that people who frequent Drudge can a) read, b) use the internet, and c) type. No worries, then... ;-)

I don't know what Drudge is but that's a bit condescending isn't it?
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Are we even going to get bad storms this year? What the prediction with jet stream, this summer it seemed that the continental US was cut off from any large scale lows and jet stream driven systems, does that mean the winter will have a lot of polar vortexes slamming the north east? Is there a cut of low supposed to park itself over Greenland this fall?
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Quoting mitthbevnuruodo:


Maybe they liked the whole 'snowmageddon' headline last year and think it'll be more dramatic and help the sensationalism having a name...I can already see the potential headlines with some of those names, as I'm sure most of you do too, doubt a coincidence!?



Totally agree with you ...Its about building hype and the all important ratings..A media organisation naming storms ...please...
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so the blob by the western cuba in the gom will get pushed ene by the front today and will still give rain to fla from west to east right ? tia
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Quoting vinotinto:
Dr. Masters, the link to the story on TWC naming storms from U.S. News and World Reports just hit the Drudge Report and it includes quotes from you so get ready for some activity.
That's making the assumption that people who frequent Drudge can a) read, b) use the internet, and c) type. No worries, then... ;-)
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How cool to get names for winter storms!
Brrrrrrrrrrrr! The blog pics remind me I survived Finland and live in "paradise" now ;)

GO NADINE, GO!
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Quoting LargoFl:
will they also say category 1-2-3-4 for winter storms too?..what will be the deciding factor..wind? snow amounts etc



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Quoting JeffMasters:
Twitter has taken to the TWC announcement this morning and is coming up with the list of "rejected TWC names:"


"Winter Storm "French Toast" (get your milk, bread and eggs)

"Winter Storm Bieber - it's going to be really annoying and won't go away."

"Winter Storm Oprah. YOU GET ONE AND YOU GET ONE AND YOU GET ONE!!!!!!"

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will they also say category 1-2-3-4 for winter storms too?..what will be the deciding factor..wind? snow amounts etc
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Best part about living in Se. Louisiana during Tropical Season in the Atlantic, is that we don't have to go "Storm Chasing"..we jus relax,Lurk, Laugh and post info when the eventual SH'sTF.

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Twitter has taken to the TWC announcement this morning and is coming up with the list of "rejected TWC names:"


"Winter Storm "French Toast" (get your milk, bread and eggs)

"Winter Storm Bieber - it's going to be really annoying and won't go away."

"Winter Storm Oprah. YOU GET ONE AND YOU GET ONE AND YOU GET ONE!!!!!!"

Jeff Masters
DOC, Looks like the blog has lost its way huh.......
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Well.er..in all that infinite wisdom, maybe you guys should consider that a Tropical Storm is named not only because it has the Potential to be a Hurricane,..but also that they are named to keep confusion from entering into play.

As two or more can occur at once.

That's why we name Hurricanes.

Research is easy.

Google it.
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Quoting ncstorm:


I think I will stick with "snow" or "ice" until this is consistently done across the media...good concept but it wont work with just one weather outlet doing it..


Maybe they liked the whole 'snowmageddon' headline last year and think it'll be more dramatic and help the sensationalism having a name...I can already see the potential headlines with some of those names, as I'm sure most of you do too, doubt a coincidence!?

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Some automatically retired winter storm names due to their ominous names and the terror they caused.

Snowflake -2002
PipSkweak - 1957
Rumpelstiltskin -1997
SlugePuppy -1945
SpongeMonkey -1927
PrettyPansy -1927
Sneezy -2006
Shaggy -1992
Lambert -1973
JarJar -1977
Flan -1965
DandiPants -2000
SugerPuff -2004
Fluffy -1959
HoneyMuffins - 2001








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Dr. Masters, the link to the story on TWC naming storms from U.S. News and World Reports just hit the Drudge Report and it includes quotes from you so get ready for some activity.
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Quoting Jedkins01:
In my opinion, I always have thought tropical storms should not have names, yes some are quite destructive, but so are some non-tropical system too. I have always thought they should have a tropical storm be "tropical storm 1" like "tropical depression 1" and a tropical cyclone shouldn't be named until it becomes a hurricane. However, that is just my personal opinion. I'm not upset or anything by tropical storms being named, I just think it would make a little more sense.

I agree.
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In my opinion, I always have thought tropical storms should not have names, yes some are quite destructive, but so are some non-tropical system too. I have always thought they should have a tropical storm be "tropical storm 1" like "tropical depression 1" and a tropical cyclone shouldn't be named until it becomes a hurricane. However, that is just my personal opinion. I'm not upset or anything by tropical storms being named, I just think it would make a little more sense.
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Quoting Tazmanian:



Q stan for this




Or this!

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Quoting AussieStorm:


QACHA - girl
QADAN - unisex
QADR - girl and so on


Lacking Quasimodo

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The Global Hawk will go to 96L on Wednesday.

WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1045 AM EDT TUE 02 OCTOBER 2012
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 03/1100Z TO 04/1100Z OCTOBER 2012
TCPOD NUMBER.....12-136

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. AL96
FLIGHT ONE --NA872--
A. 05/0000Z
B. NA872 0196L INVEST
C. 04/1030Z
D. 20.5N 40.5W
E. 04/1500Z TO 05/0500Z
F. 55,000 TO 65,000 FT.
G. ASYMETRIC BUTTERFLY PATTERN.TOTAL OF 78
SONDES TO BE DROPPED

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY.....NEGATIVE.
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You mean inland flood 'Brocephus' of '93?
or was that the great SlopChoppy water inundation?


Quoting Bluestorm5:
or the Great Flooding of 1993... at least that's what we called it in STL metro area.
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104. wxmod
Quoting vinotinto:



If you think it looks bad, you should see, smell and feel it in person! Spent a total of 30 weeks there over the course of 5 work trips and you would not believe the air and water pollution visible to the naked eye, especially in the the more industrial areas. Cheap labor is not the only reason everything you buy comes form China, environmental concerns do not exist there. Yet we as a country continue to allow unabated free trade with them! Both sides of the political spectrum are guilty of allowing this! Not only does it hurt our economy, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, the satellite photo speaks for itself!


There are a lot of young people on this blog who seem to have no interest in our cozy relationship with China. Folks, when you buy anything from China, you are basically committing suicide. The younger you are, the more you are tightening your own noose. Old folks may die of old age. The young will die of strangulation. It's the truth. Sorry.
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Very boring!!! and slow *Tropical Weather Blog Discussion*,Hurricane season is not over yet!!,nobody is paying attention to the Western Caribbean,well I will have to move to another weather site for information.
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102. wxmod
"...Australian Institute of Marine Science report on the Barrier Reef, which predicts that as little as 6 per cent of the coral could remain by 2020..."

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3602 458.htm
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Quoting Neapolitan:
It seems to be the opinion of some people that any discussion at all of extreme weather events is somehow part of a "climate change agenda". Aside from the simple fact that that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, such an attitude has always struck me as unnecessarily mean-spirited as well as uninformed. The thing is, how is a weather forecasting company's appelative desires in any way remotely indicative of any institutional agenda, climate change or otherwise?


I suggest that in the future, you post the entire quote you are attacking so as not to mislead someone who has not actually read the entire quote. By the way, the bell is ringing, you need to get back to class to teach your next lesson.
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