Posted on October 3, 2012 at 8:01 AM
Wednesday, Oct 3 at 8:01 AM
The Weather Channel just announced this week that it will start naming significant winter storms. They said “Our goal is to better communicate the threat and the timing of the significant impacts that accompany these events. The fact is, a storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation.”
In the past, major winter storms have been given names either during or after the event. Some of these big storms include “The President’s Day Storm” and “Snowmageddon.” But, in the United States, a storm is usually not given a name before it impacts population centers.
Since the 1940s, hurricanes and tropical storms have been given names. In Europe, they have even been naming winter storms since the 1950s. Winter storms are just as large as hurricanes and can last for multiple days impacting millions of people. So, giving them a name makes sense.
So, what are the criteria for naming winter storms? A storm will not be named until 3 days before impacting a populated area to confirm there is a solid confidence the system will hit populated areas. There are also certain variables that will be looked at such as time of day, day of the week, and several variables that combine to produce disruptive impacts including snowfall, ice, wind and temperature.
Here is the list of names that will be given to noteworthy winter storms.