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Naming winter storms

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Is not a bad idea, but a winter storm doesn't have a clasification or a mesearument as the hurricanes or tropical storms. Seems to be that the purpuose of name the storms with a name is only to create a hashtag, as Meg said.

Here the cold fronts are numered, we're now expecting the number 9.

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I suspect that this is more of a gimmick to help the Weather Channel feel like it is more important than it is.

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If they can get agreement and definitions from NOAA, then it will work. Otherwise it is just a gimmick.

in any case, they had better hope the they never get to Poseidon. Athena is the goddess of intelligence and thought. Hardly good nomenclature for storms.

For those who haven't studied mythology, Poseidon is the god of the seas, storms, and earthquakes, and is also called the Thunderer. He is the brother of Zeus who wields the thunderbolt (lightening). Better hope we never have that many storms in a given winter.

Off hand, I can't remember any Greek god whose name begins with the B sound (μν). [The Greek b is a v sound]. Briesis comes to mind, but she is a Trojan captive of Achilles in the Trojan War.

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If they can get agreement and definitions from NOAA, then it will work. Otherwise it is just a gimmick.

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Exactly, winter storms are not like tropical storms. Usually the name of another storms cames with the place or the date, like the saint of the day that the storm hits X place, that's a good reference.

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  • Off hand, I can't remember any Greek god whose name begins with the B sound (μν). [The Greek b is a v sound]. Briesis comes to mind, but she is a Trojan captive of Achilles in the Trojan War.

    It's not all gods and goddesses and not all Greek, The full list is:

    Athena

    Brutus

    Caesar

    Draco

    Euclid

    Freyr

    Gandolf

    Helen

    Iago

    Jove

    Khan

    Luna

    Magnus

    Nemo

    Orko

    Plato

    Q

    Rocky

    Saturn

    Triton

    Urko

    Virgil

    Walda

    Xerxes

    Yogi

    Zeus

    Suppose they really couldn't think of one for Q and weren't willing to skip any letters like the NWS does for hurricanes...

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    Q isn't hard to get. How about Quintus? After Quintus Fabius 'Cunctator' the Roman general who defeated Hannibal. Cunctator means one who waits. Q. Fabius shadowed Hannibal and only attacked him when conditions were favourable. A kind of massive guerrilla war.

    And I hope they really spelled it Gandalf.

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    I suspect that they didn't to avoid copyright issues.

    Almost all are public domain for sure except Gandalf which I suspect is owned by the J.R.R. Tolkien estate. Quintus is just Latin for five. Numbers are not usually copyright.

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