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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:38 AM

"Nemo"? OK, I missed the bulletin - so why does a forken snowstorm have a name?

Weather Channel and the Networks regularly break out in hives about any kind of storm, especially hurricanes. But now we have to have names for snowstorms and noreasters?

Why? Is it to make people even more hysterical about the weather than they normally are? It's bad enough that anytime there is a hint of snowflakes in the forecast you can't buy any milk or bread (or, for some reason, bananas, which my local Stop & Shop insists is the biggest seller in a storm) because goofy shoppers run out and buy a supply that could last maybe a month. Like when did anyone ever get stuck in the house due to snow for more than a day or so?

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Reply "Nemo"? OK, I missed the bulletin - so why does a forken snowstorm have a name? (Original post)
Jersey Devil Feb 2013 OP
Baclava Feb 2013 #1
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #2
Posteritatis Feb 2013 #17
Canuckistanian Feb 2013 #19
longship Feb 2013 #3
hlthe2b Feb 2013 #4
Arkansas Granny Feb 2013 #5
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dembotoz Feb 2013 #8
Liberal Veteran Feb 2013 #9
Hard Assets Feb 2013 #11
tabbycat31 Feb 2013 #12
Go Vols Feb 2013 #13
Cha Feb 2013 #14
smokey nj Feb 2013 #15
NYC Liberal Feb 2013 #16
justabob Feb 2013 #18
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Ian Iam Feb 2013 #21
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Feb 2013 #22
frogmarch Feb 2013 #23

Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:43 AM

1. The Weather Channel trying to milk their disaster porn ratings all year round

Canes aren't enough to pay the advertisers these days, so they pimp every snowflake now.

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:45 AM

2. twc changed their policy last year and have a list of names they use now (link)

http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/why-we-name-winter-storms-20121001

During the upcoming 2012-13 winter season The Weather Channel will name noteworthy winter storms. 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.
Naming Winter Storms

Hurricanes and tropical storms have been given names since the 1940s. In the late 1800s, tropical systems near Australia were named as well. Weather systems, including winter storms, have been named in Europe since the 1950s. Important dividends have resulted from attaching names to these storms:

Naming a storm raises awareness.
Attaching a name makes it much easier to follow a weather system’s progress.
A storm with a name takes on a personality all its own, which adds to awareness.
In today’s social media world, a name makes it much easier to reference in communication.
A named storm is easier to remember and refer to in the future.

(MORE: Check Out the New Storm Names for the 2012-2013 Season)

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:35 PM

17. And a lot of them have effectively been getting names for a few years anyway

Even if the names are a lot more ad-hoc, like White Juan in Atlantic Canada.

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:45 PM

19. I remember Draco was a bad one for us

But it was the first time I ever heard of this snow storm naming thing.

Now why do they use Greek, Roman and Norse literary names I wonder?

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:54 AM

3. Every time it snows more than 6" I am stuck in my house for at least a day.

I live on an unpaved road which drifts over easily. My driveway is not hand shovelable. It's nice to live in the country, but when big snow is forecast, people here KNOW to stock up. Sometimes my road doesn't get cleared for two-three days. And then there's the power outages... when one cannot get out.

It's not like the city here. You can't just walk to a store to get stuff. It's 15 miles to town. All those roads must be plowed before one can realistically expect to get out. I've turned back more than once.

So... Like it happens all the time here.

But naming the storms is lmae!

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:55 AM

4. I think it is very unncecessary (aka stupid) too.

Here are the historic blizzards/major snowstorms for Colorado--especially Denver and front range, with emphasis on the three largest. All are readily referenced--merely from the month and year they occurred. Why it would be necessary to name every predicted snow accumulation is beyond me...

In the first week of December, 1913, 45.7 inches of snow buried the city, making snow removal a terrible challenge. The open space in front of the state capitol building, now Civic Center Park, was the destination of hundreds and hundreds of horse-drawn wagonloads of snow.

A blizzard descended on the city on Christmas Eve, 1982, and dumped almost two feet of snow over the following day, virtually closing the city. People unable to get to work found recreational opportunities and schoolkids, naturally, got busy.

In the heaviest snowfall since 1913, a mid-March blizzard in 2003 dropped 31.8 inches in Denver, making it one of the costliest storms to address, at a whopping $33.6 million, based on insurance claims.

Here is the complete breakdown from NOAA:
1. 45.7 inches December 1-5, 1913
2. 31.8 inches March 17-19, 2003
3. 30.4 inches November 2-4, 1946
4. 23.8 inches December 24, 1982
5. 23.0 inches April 23, 1885
6. 22.7 inches October 20-23, 1906
7. 21.9 inches October 24-25, 1997
8. 21.5 inches November 26-27, 1983
9. 20.7 inches December 20-21, 2006
10. 19.3 inches January 29-31, 1883
11. 19.0 inches April 24-25, 1935
12. 18.7 inches March 5-6, 1983
13. 18.5 inches March 20-22, 1944
14. 18.2 inches April 17-19, 1920
15. 18.0 inches March 19-20, 1907
16. 18.0 inches March 31-Apr 1, 1891
17. 17.7 inches November 19-21, 1979

http://blogs.denverpost.com/library/2012/02/02/a-list-of-colorados-historic-blizzards-and-snowstorms/

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:59 AM

5. So they can justify the hype and attract viewers.

After all, they have all the latest tracking radar, graphics, forecast equipment, etc. They need to show off all their new toys and gadgets.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:36 PM

10. yep - It's winter, it snows, but people will only watch if it's ...

OMG! white death from the sky! - aaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiii - stay tuned!

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:59 AM

6. "You rang?" - Nemo

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:09 PM

7. So they can sell t-shirts. nt

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:14 PM

8. my 92 year old mother loves the weather channel and is now concerned about a storm over maybe 700

miles away
give the people out east something to talk about

but it works
it draws viewers

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:35 PM

9. They are missing the boat. We should name each snowflake.

And each raindrop.

"Following up on the latest....will Raindrop Roger fall on Indianapolis? We turn to our reporter in the field on the latest developments."

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:40 PM

11. Next will be....

 

Oxygen Atom Elvis looking to merge with Hydrogen Atom Priscilla and Hydrogen Atom PBJ!

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:42 PM

12. So the people on TV can claim they found Nemo

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:45 PM

13. this

In short, the reason why winter storm Nemo is called “winter storm Nemo” is that it appears helps to drive web traffic for The Weather Channel. The current "Top news" link on Twitter for the hashtag "Nemo" links to weather.com.


http://www.forextv.com/forex-news-story/why-are-winter-storms-like-nemo-named-hint-web-traffic

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:45 PM

14. Good question.. I missed that memo, too.

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:58 PM

15. I'm calling it winter storm Sharkbait. Sharkbait, oh ha ha!

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:03 PM

16. "Like when did anyone ever get stuck in the house due to snow for more than a day or so?"

My mother, last winter. She was stuck in her house for days with no heat or electricity during one of the snowstorms.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:39 PM

18. that got me too

Lots of people get snowed in. I'll grant that not many people in cities get totally snowed in, but a lot of people still live out in the sticks off gravel roads etc

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:52 PM

20. As if "Blizzard of '13" isn't good enough.

Winter storms don't need cutesy names.


eta: Blizzard of '78 kept many in the Boston area housebound for 3 or more days and the roads didn't get cleared for almost a week.

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:55 PM

21. What's wrong with weather hysteria?

 

With nutters like Senator Inhofe and Lord Monckton denying what is now both obvious and ubiquitous, people should be hysterical about what's happening to our atmosphere!

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Response to Jersey Devil (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:58 PM

22. It's a useful tool

Most people can't remember "That storm we had back January of '05", even if at the time it might have paralyzed us.

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Reply #22)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:01 PM

23. Absolutely! I was about to

say the same thing.

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