2020-2021 Winter Storm Names

The Weather Channel is heading into its 9th season of naming winter storms, and this year’s names were just revealed! Check out the names below.

How do winter storms get named, you ask? Great question! The science of naming a winter storm 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 storm criteria include either impacting a population of at least 2,000,000 and/or an areal coverage of at least 400,000 sq. km. (about the size of Montana), plus must be under an active NWS Winter Storm Warning.

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 throughout every season of the year so you can always be prepared for what’s headed your way.

P.S. Be on the lookout for Winter Storm Abigail… It’ll get here sooner than you think!

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  1. @stephanieabrams, @liana-brackett, @dewpointdiva, @kcass, @tornadicx, and @alexwilson, I provide you a detailed explanation of the 2020-2021 #winterstormnames. Please enjoy and share on your social media accounts.

    Abigail: from the Hebrew name Avigayil, meaning “my father is joy”
    Billy: English diminutive of Bill, who is short for William, meaning “will helmet” in Germanic; notable bearer was the American outlaw Billy the Kid (1859–1881)
    Constance: Medieval Latin form of Constantia, meaning “constant” or “steadfast”; name of a daughter of William the Conqueror
    Dane: from an English surname that was either a variant of the surname Dean or else an ethnic name referring to a person from Denmark; Middle English word meaning “valley”; Latin word meaning “chief of ten”
    Eartha: portmanteau of the English word earth with the feminine name suffix a; meaning “of the earth”
    Flynn: anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Floinn, meaning “descendant of Flann”; means “red” in Irish Gaelic
    Gail: short form of Abigail, meaning “joy of the father” in Old English
    Harold: from the Old English name Hereweald; name of five kings of Norway and three kings of Denmark; Scandinavian name meaning “army ruler”
    Ivy: from the English word for the climbing plant that has small yellow flowers
    John: English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ioannes; means “to be gracious” in Hebrew
    Katherine: from the Greek name Aikaterine, meaning “each of the two”
    Lana: short form of the Slavic name Svetlana, meaning “light” or “world”
    Malcolm: from the Scottish Gaelic name Máel Coluim, meaning “disciple of Saint Columba”
    Nathaniel: Hebrew name meaning “gift of God”; has been used regularly in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation (1517–1648)
    Orlena: derives from the Latin word aureus, meaning “golden” or “gilded”
    Peggy: medieval variant of Meggy, a diminutive of Margaret, meaning “pearl”
    Quade: variant of the Irish surname Quaid, meaning “descendant of Uad”
    Roland: from Germanic words meaning “famous land”; nephew of Charlemagne and French hero who died a battle with the Saracens
    Shirley: Old English place name meaning “bright clearing”
    Tabitha: Aramaic word meaning “gazelle”; woman in Joppa who was a disciple of Jesus in the Bible; Saint Peter restored her life in the New Testament
    Uri: Hebrew name meaning “God is my light”
    Viola: Italian surname and Latin word meaning “violet”
    Ward: Old English word meaning “guardian”; Irish surname meaning “son of the bard”
    Xylia: from the Greek root word xylo, meaning “wood”
    Yardley: Old English surname meaning “from the wood where spars were got”
    Zayne: modern English form of the name Zane, meaning “God is gracious”

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