U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-29-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: PA
18,261 posts, read 8,317,920 times
Reputation: 7661
Default Is there a reason why....

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
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-29-2012, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Niagara Falls, ON
1,178 posts, read 423,365 times
Reputation: 1713
It is a bit strange...

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Major U.S. Winter Storms to get names | Weather Underground
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: London, UK
5,887 posts, read 2,360,269 times
Reputation: 1924
Europe names major European windstorms though they not taken seriously (to my knowledge) in the UK
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
14,345 posts, read 7,840,592 times
Reputation: 5409
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2012, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
2,784 posts, read 1,343,914 times
Reputation: 1751
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2012, 05:58 PM
 
Location: PA
18,261 posts, read 8,317,920 times
Reputation: 7661
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?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: London, UK
5,887 posts, read 2,360,269 times
Reputation: 1924
Quote:
Originally Posted by theunbrainwashed View Post
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2012, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
1,712 posts, read 1,420,816 times
Reputation: 1153
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2012, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Paris
4,409 posts, read 1,733,708 times
Reputation: 1859
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).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2012, 09:56 PM
 
26,947 posts, read 20,051,738 times
Reputation: 24189
Quote:
Originally Posted by theunbrainwashed View Post
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top