Pat Shingleton Column

"The No-Name Winter Storms"

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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 6:47 PM by Pat Shingleton
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Topics: Weather Channel Storm Names. Athena the first, Doesn't meet criteria

My column on October 6th noted the Weather Channel's initiative to identify winter storms similar to the named designations of tropical storms. Their A to Z list includes Greek names depicting wisdom, courage, and mathematics and their identification of Wednesday's first winter storm of the season prompted the National Weather Service to issue a directive. There appears to be no criteria for the Channel's naming of winter storms contrary to a governing body established for tropical storms. The designation appears to be arbitrary by some experts and by example a Central Plains storm my not meet the criteria of a Great Lakes Storm. Wednesday afternoon the National Weather Service alerted all of their field offices to not identify the nor'easter as "Athena" that was named by The Weather Channel

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