Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Weather Channel says that it will begin naming noteworthy winter storms during the upcoming 2012-13 season.
They hope that by naming the storms, they will be better able to convey the threat they represent. Some of the names they are using include Classical names such as Plato or Zeus, and other names suggesting fighters, such as Rocky or Khan.
Hurricanes and tropical storms have traditionally received names from the National Weather Service. Weather systems – including winter storms – have received names in Europe since the 1950s.
According to a post on the Weather Channel’s website
, naming storms should yield “important dividends,” including making the storm easier to follow and to help raise awareness about the storm.
A list of the names
Athena, Brutus, Caesar, Draco, Euclid, Freyr, Gandolf, Helen, Iago, Jove, Khan, Luna, Magnus, Nemo, Orko, Plato, Q, Rocky, Saturn, Triton, Ukko, Virgil, Walda, Xerxes, Yogi, and Zeus.