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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:38 PM

Winter storm Draco??? Seriously, since when do winter storms get names??

And, how did I miss the first three - Amadeus, Beelzebub and Chaos. Ok, I just made those names up, but if this is Draco, I figured they kind of fit the alphabet pattern.

Tornados are going to get kind of jealous.

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Reply Winter storm Draco??? Seriously, since when do winter storms get names?? (Original post)
Siwsan Dec 2012 OP
msongs Dec 2012 #1
ananda Dec 2012 #2
Siwsan Dec 2012 #8
Rider3 Dec 2012 #3
Kalidurga Dec 2012 #14
HereSince1628 Dec 2012 #4
Recursion Dec 2012 #5
annabanana Dec 2012 #18
NutmegYankee Dec 2012 #6
Posteritatis Dec 2012 #9
Posteritatis Dec 2012 #7
graywarrior Dec 2012 #10
Mariana Dec 2012 #16
dembotoz Dec 2012 #11
Gidney N Cloyd Dec 2012 #12
TexasProgresive Dec 2012 #17
Glassunion Dec 2012 #13
TexasProgresive Dec 2012 #20
diabeticman Dec 2012 #15
Kolesar Dec 2012 #27
Earth_First Dec 2012 #19
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #25
xfundy Dec 2012 #21
amandabeech Dec 2012 #22
OldDem2012 Dec 2012 #23
spanone Dec 2012 #24
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #26

Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:40 PM

1. corporate marketing and the public will go along with this naturally nt

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:41 PM

2. That's a cool name, though, Draco.

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:49 PM

8. Being Welsh, I'm partial to Dragons, so maybe I should feel safe if Draco comes to call

But I still think it's pretty silly.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:41 PM

3. Stupid...

I'm in Boston. The closest thing we named was The Blizzard of '78. That was enough.

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Response to Rider3 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:23 PM

14. I lived in Michigan that year...

That was a deadly storm in Michigan. My family was snowed in for more than a week. My dad had to tunnel out of the house, we were running out of food. He walked to town over several feet of snow, with a sled. There were no cars that could get through in the rural areas like ours. But, there were some cars that were able to get around in the downtown area about 5 miles from where we lived. Oddly enough even though it was somewhat traumatic I still have fond memories of the potato soup my mom made and we had for a week.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:42 PM

4. SInce this year

I think it's a weather channel thing, not the weather service

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:46 PM

5. It's a Weather Channel thing. NOAA and NWS ignore it (nt)

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Response to Recursion (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:31 PM

18. A a matter of fact, I think NOAA asked them to

cut it out.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:48 PM

6. Weather channel started it this year. Local Northeast stations have done it for years.

Helps separate out the nor'easters.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:49 PM

9. And some nor'easters certainly operate on a similar kind of level

White Juan was ... fun to be in the crosshairs of.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:49 PM

7. It started this year more or less as a gag

The names are a little more out there than the hurricane ones tend to be:

Athena
Brutus
Caesar
Draco
Euclid
Freyr
Gandolf
Helen
Iago
Jove
Khan (or perhaps Khaaaaaaaaan!)
Luna
Magnus
Nemo
Orko
Plato
Q(!)
Rocky
Saturn
Triton
Ukko
Virgin
Walda
Xerxes
Yogi
Zeus

Personally I think every named-storm list that excludes Loki and Thor is falling short of the mark, but we gotta start somewhere.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:50 PM

10. I was wondering the same thing.

Why are we not naming nice days?

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:48 PM

16. No one glues themselves to their teevee

tuned in to the Weather Channel during nice days. Nice days are bad news for the Weather Channel. Better to ignore them as much as possible.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:50 PM

11. harry potter thing--watch out for storm voldemort

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:50 PM

12. I just said the same thing to someone not 10 minutes ago. What the hell?

Maybe it's a service to local TV news shows so they don't have to keep coming up with wild-ass nicknames like 'The Great Snow of 2012.'

I remember back in 2000 we had a blizzard right after New Years and the newsies dubbed it "The Great Snow of 2000" and I thought, that's a little presumptuous, isn't it? We've got 3 more months of winter coming yet. What if the next one's even bigger?

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:30 PM

17. The Greater Snow of 2000 and the Greatest Snow of 2000.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:52 PM

13. When I was a kid we didn't name hurricanes.

We just had storms called "What the hell was that?!"

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:38 PM

20. I've been told I'm as old as dirt

You must be older than dirt since they started naming hurricanes in my first year of life-1950.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:28 PM

15. National weather service had NO HAND IN THIS! This is all the weather channeling doing.

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Response to diabeticman (Reply #15)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:42 PM

27. They gave us Frankenstorm and The Chiclone ... eom

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:32 PM

19. Three storms away from GANDOLF

I shit you not...

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:38 PM

25. Q......?????????

Wasn't that a James Bond character name?

Seriously, they are naming winter storms??????

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:58 PM

21. No doubt it focus grouped well.

And adds excitement! to storms. Marketing BS, more on the way.

We are no longer a nation of citizens. We are consumers, and varieties of demographics.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:20 PM

22. Well, we had snowmageddon here in the DC area a few years ago.

I think that the Weather Channel needs to set up some strict criteria.

I'm thinking 18 inches to qualify for a name.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:25 PM

23. Agreed. It's more than a little dumb. Maybe they should name them after porn stars. nt.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:33 PM

24. it's sexier for today's teevee

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:41 PM

26. Next ... maybe there will be corporate sponsors for storms. LOL n/t

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