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Old 12-29-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: PA
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The Weather Channel is now naming every winter storm that sweeps across the US? What's up with that? Seems stupid to me, trying to equate them to tropical storms
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Niagara Falls, ON
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It is a bit strange...

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Major U.S. Winter Storms to get names | Weather Underground
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:31 PM
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Europe names major European windstorms though they not taken seriously (to my knowledge) in the UK
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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Yes, European windstorms are often named, but they do not get used in media coverage. You definitely won't hear the BBC talking about windstorm Pete.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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I suppose when meteorologists first started naming tropical cyclones it would have seemed a bit strange, it would make sense to do the same with severe cold weather cyclones as a way of increasing public awareness.

That said I'm not sure it's not really the role of a commercial media outlet to start assigning names as it sees fit, this should be left to the NWS or other authorities.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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Interesting. Didn't know Europe has been doing it since 1954. Seems a bit strange, though. I guess Snowmageddon started the trend lol. But, it's not like these snow storms are out of the norm. Do we name big squall lines too, now?
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:02 PM
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Interesting. Didn't know Europe has been doing it since 1954. Seems a bit strange, though. I guess Snowmageddon started the trend lol. But, it's not like these snow storms are out of the norm. Do we name big squall lines too, now?
Yes Europe had been doing it for a while now but as dunno said it doesn't get media attention. I think maybe in Europe its more popular.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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Sensationalism is the name of the game for TWC these days. Anything that gets people excited and scared is good for ratings, and personalizing winter storms is a great way to do it.

Next up: Tornado Outbreak Bob.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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No one seems care about the names unless there are casualties. Then the mainstream media use the name of the storm (for example the Xynthia windstorm that killed dozens with its storm surge a couple years ago).
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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The Weather Channel is now naming every winter storm that sweeps across the US? What's up with that? Seems stupid to me, trying to equate them to tropical storms
I don't know, and I noticed that the other day. I put TWC on to see if the storm that was hitting us on late Wednesday in NJ would be gone by the time my daughter had to drive back to Albany on Thursday, and I realized they were calling it "Euclid". C'mon.
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