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  •  I think naming winter storms is silly. (10+ / 0-)

    I mean, c'mon... we're on "N" with Nemo, and how many have been even remotely memorable? Finally, a storm worth remembering, and they name it after a fish? Not only is it named after a fish, but a fish that was stolen and pretty much didn't do a whole lot while his Dad went nuts trying to find him. I'm sorry, I can't associate the Blizzard of '13 with a fish, cute or not.

    Winter storms name themselves by leaving their marks in our memories. The Blizzard of '78. Snowmaggedon. Names shouldn't be given to the random clipper that zips across the northeast leaving three inches of powder. They should earn them, as they have done.

    •  One might remember that the original Nemo (6+ / 0-)

      Was Captain Nemo, the character created by Jules Verne.

      One can hope the WC chose the name for that, rather than the Disney character.  But unfortunately, all the general public will associate that name with is the little cartoon fish, and so it's an unfortunate choice.

      •  I figured it was for the Captain (1+ / 0-)
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        But most people today think of the fish, and not unreasonably. It was a good movie about the ocean and ocean fish coming to shore, and that's not dissimilar to what happened here.

        Still, I think clownfish Nemo was horribly maligned by the naming of this storm. Anyone who watched Finding Nemo knows that he wasn't scary. If the movie was the inspiration, they should have named the storm Darla. Now that's scary.

        •  A lot of people thought it was the fish (0+ / 0-)

          I saw so many people outside building "snowfish" with their kids on Facebook it was crazy.  

          A lot of them sprayed the completed snow fish with orange stripes so it really looked like a clown fish.  

          I live in Florida, they've been naming storms since I was little (I rememer Donna, Betsy & Cleo in the 60's - Camille & Hugo didn't hit us, but I remember them).  Andrew in 1992 of course and Wilma in 2005.  

          Naming storms is easier for the public to deal with as far as getting information goes, but it should be a deliberate set of names that can be retired.  

          Maybe we should have our summer / tropical storm names and then a second list for winter / sub-tropical storms.  

          Rotate them every six years and retire the bad ones.  

          Sandy started out down here, it was still hurricane season and it made sense to leave the name Sandy attached to it, even though it went farther north and got out of the tropics.  It was before 11/30 when the "hurricane season" is supposed to be over, but we've had storms outside of the 6/1 - 11/30 range.  If they're cyclonic or semi-cyclonic, they can be dangerous, no matter where / when they form.  People often forget - it's not the wind, although that can be very bad - it's the storm surge on coastal areas that can cause the most damge.  

          Naming them isn't meant to be cute - when you have them stacked up in the Atlantic like airplanes on a runway (i.e., 2004 and 2005), naming them makes it easier for EVERYBODY to keep track, including the meteorologists.  

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          This is from 2005 - it was on the front page of the Miami Herald.  That's the year we ran out of the alphabet and started going with Alpha, Beta... Gamma, etc.  

          In 2004 and 2005, I was tracking a couple of storms at once, because my parents live north of Orlando and I live down south.  We were each hit by two different storms within the same 10 days.  Having the names kept my parents from being confused - first they were hit by Charley, then we had Frances, Jeanne and Ivan to deal with, all pretty much at the same time.  People need to realize that they are in the path of more than one storm - the names makes it easier for them to keep up when we're having a crazy season.  

          "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

          by Ricochet67 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:11:28 AM PST

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    •  Because we remember all the hurricanes ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... that have formed in the North Atlantic basin. I'll give you argument some weight if you can name the storm that preceded Katrina from memory or if the storm that followed.

      •  Katrina was followed by Lee (0+ / 0-)

        I only remember because it's my middle name and if I remember correctly, it never got to Hurricane strength.  It was a tropical storm that ended up going north of Bermuda, which seems to be the dividingn line between tropical and sub-tropical.  

        Don't remember the "J" name that came before Katrina - had to be a guy's name if they're altnerating.  

        We had "baby" Katrina hit here before she went on to cream NOLA, Gulfport, MS and the other cities along there.  

        "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

        by Ricochet67 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:16:28 AM PST

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