Winter storms will be named by Weather Channel

Winter storms will be named by Weather Channel

Credit: Harriet McClain

Sledding at 1st and Virginia, near the Pike Street Market, after a snow and ice storm in Seattle. January 18, 2011.


by KING 5 News

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 9:24 AM

Starting this year, big winter storms in the U.S. will be named, just like hurricanes.

But it will be the Weather Channel naming the storms, not the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Weather Channel announced the decision Tuesday, releasing a list of 26 "names with attitude" they selected for this season.

Names will help get the word out about a coming storm, thus helping people to better prepare, the agency said.

There's also a social media advantage to naming a storm -- a common name can be more easily talked about and searched for on Twitter and Facebook, also alerting communities in the process.

This year's names include Greek and Roman mythological figures, a "Lord of the Rings" character, and even a New York subway line:


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