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    When did they start naming winter storms?
from Joe J #10528 #10528  
12/29/2012 6:33:56 PM


 The current one is named Freyr. I'm not kidding. Who comes up with these names and why did anyone even think it was worthwhile to name winter storms?

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   My guess would be they are following the advice from Hutch #10968 #10968  12/29/2012 6:49:09 PM
 Of Rahm Emanuel who said "Never let a crisis go to waste" and are playing these weather events for all they are worth. I really do hate to say anything bad about people who lost loved ones or property...but I am so sick of all the "Sandy" coverage I could puke. BTW... did you see where the parents of one of the SURVIVORS of the Newtown massacre were asking to sue for $100 MILLION because their daughter was traumatized..... I would be on my knees every night thanking the Lord that she lived......that is worth more that any amount of money.......Just makes me sick.... "Never let a crisis go to waste" would be my guess..... Hutch

   It's complicated... from Brad  12/29/2012 7:35:10 PM
  The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Regional Association IV Hurricane Committee selects the names for Atlantic Basin and central and eastern Pacific storms.

For the Atlantic Basin and the eastern Pacific, six lists of names are used, with each list used again - minus any retired names - six years after it was last used. The WMO's regional committee selects the names to replaces those that are retired. Each year the names start with the "A" storm on that year's list, no matter how many names were used the previous year.

Hawaiian names are used for central Pacific storms. Here, a revolving list of four sets of names is used and each storm that forms gets the next available name on the list, regardless of the year.

Similar WMO regional committees are involved in selecting names for other parts of the world, but not all nations involved go along with these names. (Related: Global names list)

While most naming systems use common first names, in various languages, nations around the western Pacific began using an entirely new system for naming typhoons in 2000. Each of the 14 nations that typhoons affect submitted a list of names for a total of 141 names. The names include animals, flowers, astrological signs and a few personal names.

Here is the US list, i don't see that name on it.


   That's because you are looking at a list of tropical storms Brad... from Gridleak  12/29/2012 7:39:01 PM

Wholly unrelated to Joe J's question regarding winter storms.


   the weather channel(NBC) started it from RJR  12/29/2012 8:10:36 PM
 The NWS has not said a word about names about winter storms. I remember 1982, 84, 85, etc. that had prolific winter storms, and many since. Media hype is all it is to scare people.

   All i know is... from RobShaw  12/30/2012 10:06:52 AM
 It's cold as all get-out in SW Mo...

   Most every organization of folks in all kinds of from PPEN  12/30/2012 10:36:45 AM
  endeavors have routinely over the years worked hard to find a way to "uplift" their profession to make it sound so much more important.

The garbage man is now a sanitation engineer. The janitor is a custodian. The folks who pump out septic tanks are some kind of environmental damage control specialists. Nobody is just a plain clerk anymore. Call them administrative assistant, pay them the same or less, and everybody is more happy.

Our colleges and universities are loaded with fancy titles for not-so-fancy positions or responsibilities.

So, back to the weather folks. First off, their forecasts stink. They tell us that there will be 14 significant weather disturbances/hurricanes in the coming year. After 19 years living in Florida I can tell you that these forecasts are bunk. Truthfully they can't even tell us if it is going to rain during the upcoming weekend.

OK, so enough about that. With the TV stations starving for something to fill all the air time they leap onto anything which will fill an hour or so each day. Ah! The weather! Show it all the time. And what do they do? They, in cahoots with the weather folks who always want more coverage to increase their publicly perceived importance, accommodate them by naming every wind that blows or rain that falls. So the TV folks are happy and the weather folks are happier and we get more named storms.

Edited 12/30/2012 11:29:30 AM

   PPEN you nailed Sir. And these are the same people from DaveT  12/30/2012 11:52:55 AM
  That claim there is man made global warming. They can't even tell you if it will rain . By the way 26* here and a steady wind. It was COLD on me and the dog's 2 mile walk this morning.

   Very good discussion from Hutch #10968 #10968  12/30/2012 12:15:47 PM
  And a lot of facts.but one other thing that should be mentioned is that the folks at the Weather Channel (and other news/weather venues) are very agenda oriented when it comes to Global Warming. They had to switch gears within the past couple of years or so and revert to calling it Climate Change instead of Global Warming. If you will watch closely you will see that one of the tenants of their new agenda is to point out that a "sure sign" of Climate Change (Global Warming) is ERRATIC weather patterns and events.....Watch closely cause they now have an avenue to bolster their propoganda at some point in the future by saying "We had XXX Number of NAMED.. winter storms" to lend credence to a system that THEY have created. Hope that makes sense.. WE know it is folly...... because what are the ground rules for their game..... ?? where a storm hits.?? What strength must it be?? What if there are 10 Storms at the same time.....do they ALL get names? etc etc...We are all right.... It creates interest for a gullible audience...and it helps further their agenda to have a "quotable" reference for the future. I quote again from Rahm Emanuel.... "Never let a good crisis go to waste." And that crisis can be fabricated or real........ Later, Hutch

Edited 12/30/2012 12:31:17 PM

   Has anybody noticed... from Funky  12/30/2012 2:13:02 PM
 that since The Weather Channel was bought by NBC, how they have gone from forecasting and reporting the weather to dramatizing everything they can about it. It's like going down to the local general store in the morning... it was always colder and the snow is always deeper at my house than at yours!

   Insurance Companies from john247  12/30/2012 3:16:52 PM
 Insurance compaines are probably behind it. Many compaines have put flyers in their policies that they won't pay or not pay as much during a named storm if you didn't take certain protective moves....

   I dont' thing insurance companies have anything to do with it from Skipper  12/30/2012 4:51:23 PM
 They are looking for good quality information as much as anyone else.

The storms in the last decade combined with other factors have been very hard on the insurance industry as a whole. Insurance is geared to having a wreck every so often a fire every so often theft loss every so often but these events where a company looses half a billion in a day or more due to a storm is tough on them and it doesn't seem to be letting up.

One thing they (insurance companies) can tell you is the country is becoming more and more expensive. Years ago in the county I live in a tornado could hit a rural part of the county and even if it destroyed 2 or 3 farmhouses and a barn it wouldn't do $200,000 in damage. The first big time loss I ever dealt with from storms was a hail storm that did 20 million in my county in a day. Actually more like in an hours time. It hit in a rural part of the county but they'd built 2 subdivisions there and it took out the roofs on 400 houses, took out the cars that were outside not to mention other places in the county.

I think it's primarily a function of too many news/weather stations websites or whatever and they all want to make a big splash over a storm so that they can drum up viewers and sell advertising.

Personally I wish they'd back up a little. I used to use Wunderground.com for my weather but somewhere along the way they fancied it up and changed the format. I liked it before because I could get accurate hourly predictions. Now, it's not that simple to get that from them and the data isn't as accurate.



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