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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

Winter Is Coming

The Names Chosen by The Weather Channel for This Year’s Winter Storms Are Decidedly Nerdy

The Weather Channel must have a few geeks on-staff. For the 2012-13 winter season, they’ve decided to name severe winter storms, both to increase awareness of the storms and to make it easier to follow their progress.

As you can see, the list includes geektastic names like Q, Orko, and Nemo, with plenty for the mythology/classicist nerds as well. (Transforming into a winter storm is totally something Zeus would do. To get someone pregnant.)

I can’t decide which name I like best: Gandolf (not Gandalf, so put down your lawsuit, Tolkien estate) or Khan. If we get a Khan this year, I fully expect all of you to go outside and yell “KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!” to the snow-filled heavens. You have no excuse for not doing so.

According to’s Tom Niziol, another reason for naming winter storms is that “A storm with a name takes on a personality all its own, which adds to awareness.” A personality of its own, huh? So Athena would be measured and steady but prone to sudden upticks in violence. Iago woud creep up on you, being all innocuous and sneaky until suddenly suddenly everyone you know is dead. Yogi would just be… kind of weird and offputting. And Caesar would be chugging along merrily until forced to dissipate by an oncoming Brutus.

What names would you add to the list? I think a Winter Storm Loki would be fitting. Frost Giant and all.

(via: NBC News)

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  • Casey Morris

    We have more than just a few geeks here. :)

  • TDF Pamela

    …but they misspelled Gandalf! [gnashes teeth]

  • Anonymous

    I already imagine future historians puzzled with the fact that 21st century people thought Zeus messed up the traffic.

  • Mark Brown

    I prefer to think that Luna is a reference to the Equestrian Princess rather than the Hellenic goddess.

    And I’m kinda scared what winter storm Q might bring.

  • ilaril

    Joy, there’s something for finns there! Looking forward for “Ukko” (!

  • Violeta Aguirre

    They did that on purpose, for copyright reasons. =)

  • James Hopkins

    You know, they didn’t actually have any reason to be afraid of using Gandalf for copyright purposes. Prof Tolkien lifted the name Gandalf (and the names of most of the dwarves themselves) from the Voluspa, a poem at the beginning of the Poetic Edda from Iceland. In that poem, Gandalf was a dvergr (a type of dwarf) and the last king of the Elves. His name meant, appropriately enough, gandr+alfr, or Wand Elf. (and how’s that for full on meta-geekiness…and probably the first time I’ve ever used any of my mythology classes for something useful in the real world)

  • Alexis the Unicorn

    I am fully anticipating celebrating the Draco storm by running out in the streets yelling Expecto Patronus and then having a Potter marathon.

  • PJ

    Expecto Patronum (not patronus) is the incantation. But yes. We MUST have a “D” Then kids can make snow patronuses (patroni?) instead of snow men :D

  • NanooNanoo

    I prefer to think that Luna was picked by the same people who picked Draco. I personally would’ve voted for Lucius, but nobody asked me. And really, one wacky platinum blonde from the series is as good as the other…
    (Is there ANY sane blond character in the whole series, by the way? The Malfoys, the Lovegoods, and Gilderoy Lockhart… they’re all a few knuts short of a galleon, really. Am I missing anyone?)

  • TDF Pamela

    Okay, that makes sense. I didn’t even think about the copyright issue, heh.

  • Merq

    Yeah, I was so happy to see that. :D