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View Diary: "Nemo": In Defense of the Names (138 comments)

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    has named lake-effect storms in their region since 1998-1999, but only retroactively as a way of keeping track. For instance the public will never see "Lake Effect Storm Beryllium drops a foot of snow" on the news, since the name is only given later. I like such a low-key solution for LES storms because of the ease of record keeping. However, I'm not sure the public is well served by this very official and in-your-face naming from TWC. For one thing, European countries that name every low pressure system (virtually) don't have to worry about hurricanes. Giving an official name to every Alberta Clipper makes the names meaningless when a significant storm comes along (and I think the same applies to the National Hurricane Center's recent habit of naming every blob in the Atlantic).

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