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!