2019-2020 Winter Storm Names

The Weather Channel is heading into its 8th season of naming winter storms, and this year’s names were just revealed! Check out the names below, all fitting into the theme of “old names making a comeback”.

The science of naming winter storms follows a quantitative method to define potential winter-related impacts to the US on a national scale. Those criteria are based on longstanding warning protocols developed by National Weather Service offices and adjusted to local areas. The criteria to name includes either a certain minimum population or areal coverage impacted, namely a minimum of 2 million people or an area of at least 400,000 sq. km. (about the size of Montana) must be under or are expected to go under NWS Winter Storm Warnings.

Naming storms helps people keep track of potentially dangerous systems and understand what risks they’re at so they can properly prepare their loved ones and properties. Watch The Weather Channel to stay on top of what’s going on in your area, get safety information, and of course, keep track of the upcoming winter storms!


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  1. Some of these names are really good, as a storm spotter myself, naming storms does not really help me, however its sort of cool, my thought is if it helps the general public to know what is happening, then go for it. On a sidenote, Love the biblical Old testament names or derivatives.

  2. For those curious WX geeks, here is an explanation of the 2019–2020 winter storm names.  @stephanieabrams, @liana-brackett, @haleybrennan, @kcass, @dewpointdiva, and @alexwilson, are you ready?  Please enjoy!  [NOTE: Since we used Wyatt in 2016–2017, I replace him with Waldron; this way, we avoid repeating past names.].  Aubrey: Norman French form of the Germanic name Alberich, meaning “elf power”.  Bessie: English diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning “my God is an oath”.  Caleb: relates to the Hebrew word kelev, meaning “dog”.  Dorothy: English form of the Late Greek name Dorothea, meaning “gift of God“; name of the central character in the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).  Ezekiel: Hebrew name meaning “God will strengthen”.  Finley: Irish anglicized form of Fionnlagh, meaning “white warrior”.  Gage: Old French surname meaning “measure” or “pledge”.  Henry: derives from the Germanic name Heimirich, meaning “home ruler”; also honors HRH Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.  Isaiah: Hebrew name meaning “Yahweh is salvation”.  Jacob: from the Latin name Iacobus, meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”.  Kade: variant of the Old English surname Cade, meaning “round”.  Lamont: Scottish surname meaning “law man”.  Mabel: Medieval Latin form of Amabilis, meaning “lovable”.  Nash: derives from the Middle English phrase atten ash, meaning “at the ash tree”.  Odell: derives from the Old English surnames wad (a plant that produces a blue dye) and hyll, meaning “died blue hill”.  Pearl: English word for the concretions formed in the shells of some mollusks; also, the birthstone for June that imparts both health and wealth.  Quincy: originally from various places in Normandy, France, that derived from the name Quintus, meaning “fifth” in Latin.  Ruth: ancient Hebrew name meaning “friend”.  Sadie: Middle English diminutive of the Hebrew name Sarah, meaning “lady”, “princess”, or “noblewoman”.  Thatcher: English occupational surname meaning “roof maker”.  Upton: Egyptian name meaning “high village”.  Veronica: Latin alternation of Berenice, meaning “bringing victory”; her ecclesiastical spelling influenced the Latin phrase vera icon, meaning “true image”.  Waldron: German name meaning “mighty raven”.  Xandra: Dutch variant of the Greek name Alexandra, meaning “defender of women”.  Yates: Old English surname meaning “gate”.  Zachariah: Biblical variant of the ancient Hebrew name Zechariah, meaning “Yahweh remembers”; one of the characters in the Old Testament.

  3. Zachariah is by far my favorite name on this list! But I like Pearl too because it reminds me of Pearl from Spongebob!

    1. If we name a winter storm after our current president who desperately needs a haircut, then it is “covfefe”, his famous made-up word from his famous tweet six minutes after midnight on May 31, 2017. #winterstormnames 🙂

      1. I would agree to that as long as it is the “greatest storm of all time”; has every possible kind of weather to raise total Chaos deflecting attention from more important issues; is a a genius of a storm as all of us know; is a storm that is investigated by Democrats and denied by Republicans as having anything to do with global warning; and causes the Mexican and United States borders to be divided by a moat that is filled with alligators and snakes. Then Covfefe it is!