Today’s the day, weather geeks! The Weather Channel has released its list of the 2018-2019 winter storm names. You’ll likely be seeing these names quite often over the next few months, so go ahead and familiarize yourself now!
You might be wondering (as people do every year), ‘Why does The Weather Channel name winter storms?’ 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.
The naming of winter storms is declared off of two key, objective criteria: whether two million people are in a “warning zone” (as defined by the National Weather Service), or if a 400,000 square kilometer territory is going to be affected. The Weather Channel’s naming of storms aids communication for impactful weather events and helps emergency managers to convey to city governments the severity of a storm.
Watch The Weather Channel throughout every season of the year to stay on top of what’s going on in your area, get safety information, and more. Do you know anyone with a name on the list? Tell us your thoughts about this year’s names below, and be on the lookout for Winter Storm Avery… It’ll get here sooner than you think!