Winter storm names?

Donna of Spring Lake asked, "Since when did they start naming winter storms? I see the latest one is called 'Janus.' Hurricanes, sure; but do winter storms really need names? And what is the system for naming them?"
Mark Brooky
Jan 24, 2014


Maybe some find it helpful to have names for the storms, but it's not an official undertaking like they do for tropical storms and hurricanes.

"Naming winter storms began about two years ago as a marketing tool by The Weather Channel," explained WZZM-TV Chief Meteorologist George Lessens. "Those storms are named by TWC, but are not officially recognized by the National Weather Service."

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The Weather Channel, while sometimes a bit informative and sometimes a bit entertaining, is mostly dull. They are obviously most interested in marketing schemes and scare tactics designed to hype up weather and boost ratings. I guess as long as we keep watching their reporters in places they should not be . . . they will continue to be successful.

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