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  •  My different suggestion (5+ / 0-)

    A meteorologist in Northern Michigan
    www, performs daily snow forecasts.
    He pioneered a system that categorizes snow storms based on impact  - snow+ winds+ temp+ ice)  Similar to hurricanes, he rates a storm as a category (ie Cat 1-5) with cat 5 being all out blizzard conditions.

    The modern problem with snow forecasting is a significant storm may force a category 4 or 5 impact upon a community while missing another community completely. Sometimes the center of a storm travels a simple 50 miles north or south of a predicted spot and unloads upon a totally different area.

    By focusing on the relative potential of the storm, meteorologists can account for shifts of storm tracts better.

    My pet peeve is when a lazy TV or radio meteorologist force feeds the forecast to fit a 20 second sound bite with no explanation on variables that could change the result on snow totals.

    My vote is to not name storms- but focus on their potential to reek havoc, and the proximity to a given location.

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