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  •  winter storms are different. How do you name the (1+ / 0-)
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    2 low's that came together to form this big nor-eater? One came up from the Gulf, the other slid along the US-Canadian border across Minnesota and Michigan. It' was only when they merged that all the merd hit the fan. Do you call them father-of-Nemo and mother-of-Nemo? You can see how quickly this gets silly.

    It's much more confusing because of that than it is to name hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricanes begin as tropical lows, can become storms, can become hurricanes. They are discrete entities that remain so even as they run up the coast or inland or cross Central America, very much unlike winter storms, which rise and fall rapidly in intensity as they pick up or lose energetic system inputs.

    To me, the best reason for naming has been mentioned by others, above, which is that it may get some people to pay more attention to a given weather event. That said, it will take a lot more planning and higher standards than the attention whores at TWC to get my vote.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 11:29:55 AM PST

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