Don’t be surprised if, a month or so from now, you wake up to a foot of snow dumped overnight by … Zeus! That’s right; this year, for the first time, The Weather Channel is naming noteworthy winter storms.
A nor’easter that hit parts of New England in early November was dubbed Athena, putting the winter storm naming plan into motion, and since then there have been Brutus, Caesar, Gandalf, Nemo, and, most recently, Q! (The winter storm names are assigned in alphabetical order.)
It’s apparently a strategy to boost storm preparedness.
“Naming winter storms will raise awareness, which will lead to more proactive efforts to plan ahead, resulting in less impact on the public overall,” says The Weather Channel spokesman Tom Niziol.
It’s important to note that, unlike tropical storms and hurricanes, which are named from a list maintained by the World Meteorological Organization, winter storms are being named only by The Weather Channel, not any governmental or official entity.
Names like Gandalf, Q, and Nemo (all on The Weather Channel’s list of named storms for the 2012-13 winter season), will certainly make this year’s winter storms memorable.
So, are you ready for Q? You can get a head start on the wild weather with these five preparation tips:
What do you think about The Weather Channel’s plan to name this winter’s snowstorms? Are you ready for Xerxes or Zeus?
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