"The No-Name Winter Storms"
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