As The Weather Channel heads into its 5th season of naming winter storms, we once again have a rather interesting set of names sure to light up hash tags in our world of social media. As with past years, the list is a compilation of various names from Greek and Roman mythology as well as Norse and even Old English.
Since its inception during the 2012-13 winter, The Weather Channel has named 97 winter storms that have produced significant impacts across the U.S. 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.
Somewhat to my surprise, the seasonal progression of naming winter storms has been very consistent from year to year. For those of you who may not remember last winter, I have summarized last season in an article. Finally, for those who really want to dig into every named storm we had, I have also written up a thorough review for each of the 22 named storms. Find links to the individual storm pages here. Enjoy!!