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!