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Winter Storm Athena: Why We Named It
Tom Niziol for weather.com
Nov 7, 2012, 0:31 PM EST

The Winter Storm Team has named the current nor’easter Winter Storm Athena based on the following potential impacts:

Impacts: Up to six inches of snowfall combined with winds gusting over 35 mph at times across portions of Eastern Pennsylvania and interior New Jersey, which is still undergoing extensive recovery efforts from Sandy. There is the outside chance of snowfall totals approaching the 10-inch range if precipitation changes over to snowfall earlier. The combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected for Interior New England Wednesday evening and overnight. The main reason for naming the storm is due to additional post-Sandy impacts.

Location: Extreme eastern Pennsylvania including the Philadelphia Metro Area, New Jersey, southeastern New York and interior New England. New York City and Boston will only see a mix of rain and wet snow at this point.

Time Frame: Wednesday afternoon through Thursday mid-morning.

Other Information: Once again, I want to reiterate that without Sandy, we may not have named this storm. However, one of our main reasons for naming events is societal impact. With so many people still under recovery efforts -- even well inland -- the combination of heavy, wet snow and wind prompted the decision to name this storm. The decision to name was based on a trend in models toward a colder pattern with additional snowfall along the Northeast Coast.

Winter Storm Athena? National Weather Service tells its forecasters not to use The Weather Channel's name for storm
By Rob Manker, Chicago Tribune reporter
2:15 p.m. CST, November 7, 2012

The weather people are fighting again.

After The Weather Channel last week declined to ascribe the name "Athena" to the winter weather activity associated with Hurricane Sandy, TWC today announced that it is officially launching its winter-storm naming plan with the nor'easter hitting much of the same region that bore Sandy's brunt.

Thus far, TWC appears to be the only outlet referring to the nor'easter as "Winter Storm Athena," the first in a string of monikers the channel announced last month that it would assign to winter storms that meet its criteria for naming: an event that involves snow and ice and/or extreme temperatures or wind; that significantly affects travel; and that the network thinks people need to know about.

But shortly after The Weather Channel trotted out the Athena name this morning, the National Weather Service office in Bohemia, N.Y., circulated an internal direction to staff not to use that term.

"TWC has named the nor'easter Athena," said the memo, which a weather service spokeswoman confirmed. "The NWS does not use name winter storms in our products. Please refrain from using the term Athena in any of our products."

That position is in line with a public statement the National Weather Service issued at the time The Weather Channel first announced the naming plan, a statement the weather service sent again today.

"The National Weather Service has no opinion about private weather enterprise products and services," the statement said. "A winter storm's impact can vary from one location to another, and storms can weaken and redevelop, making it difficult to define where one ends and another begins. While the National Weather Service does not name winter storms, we do rate major winter storms after the fact."

The nor'easter prompted the evacuation of nursing homes and low-lying areas in New York and New Jersey today, and led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights as it dropped snow on the storm-ravaged Northeast. More than 600,000 businesses and residences were still without power due to Sandy, the superstorm that killed at least 120 people in the U.S. and Canada.

Twitter: @RobManker
Copyright © 2012, Chicago Tribune

You can check out the names of the proposed storm names here at weather.com Everything boils down to that there will be a Winter Storm Gandolf, so it gets notable points for geek factor.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Source: The Weather Channel
furrygreen 8th-Nov-2012 11:33 am (UTC)
The weather people are fighting again.

I don't blame them. The weather is rather boring. XD
mirhanda 8th-Nov-2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Although for the last few years, The Weather Channel can hardly be called "weather people". I don't think any of them are actually meteorologists anymore since they were sold. Nowadays I wouldn't really trust them for accurate information.
squeeful 8th-Nov-2012 11:49 am (UTC)
Omg I can't wait until Winter Storm Khan arrives. People will legitimately be able to fall to their knees and yell "KHAAAAAAN!" at the sky.

Freyr in Norse mythology is the ruler of peace and fertility, rain, and sunshine. Lol.

Also, storm Q. Heeeeee.
ragnor144 8th-Nov-2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
My history-loving, myth-loving, sci-fi / fantasy-loving, philosophy-loving, math-loving self is geeking out on these names. These are obviously my people. Although if we get to Q, I choose the Star Trek Q.
shadwing 8th-Nov-2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
They had 'Kirk' as K for the Atlantic Hurricane List. Per the notice..."Kirk did not live long and prosper" I sporfled.
wrestlingdog 8th-Nov-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
IKR? I love it.
ragnor144 8th-Nov-2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
Now "When You're a Jet" has replaced the Wiz's "Brand New Day" in my head. I might have to rewatch West Side Story to exorcise it.
hinoema 8th-Nov-2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
No "Loki"? Awwwww...
teacup_werewolf 8th-Nov-2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
LOL If it was winter storm Loki it would be literally rain "Cats and Dogs", because that's how Loki rolls.
mycenaes 8th-Nov-2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
lol, I was wondering what this "Athena" they were talking about was!
kagehikario 8th-Nov-2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
Coolest storm names ever. I detect a Potter fan amongst them...
simply_blah 8th-Nov-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Winter Storm Draco can't wait for his father to hear about this.
ennifer_jay 8th-Nov-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
more like shakespeare imo
maynardsong 8th-Nov-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
I wish B would have been for Boreas and/or K would have been for Khione. Khione was the goddess of snow! Boreas was the god of the north wind! Come one! :(
teacup_werewolf 8th-Nov-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
I wanted O to be Odin. But I am secretly giddy over the Ides of March joke they had and the fact U is Ukko the Finnish god of storms.
teacup_werewolf 8th-Nov-2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
I am still waiting for the day that the weather channel will name a storm after Greg Forbes
sunktheglow 8th-Nov-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
Northerners just can't catch a break. My mom said her friend got power back for ONE day until it went out again with this.
sunktheglow 8th-Nov-2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
I can't even imagine how bad it is up there and I'm sorry you were without power at all. Being without it in a snow storm has to be the worst, geez.
mollywobbles867 8th-Nov-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
THESE NAMES ARE EPIC. I am in love with this list. I just hope we don't get through the whole alphabet. The NE needs a freaking break!
tigerdreams 8th-Nov-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely on board with winter storm names. "Athena" is significantly better than "Snowtober," which is what we got last year. -_-
wrestlingdog 8th-Nov-2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
We need more geeks in meteorology!
seishin 9th-Nov-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
I wanted to be a meteorologist as a kid. Seriously. I would watch the weather network for FUN.

But I suck at math. lol
caterfree10 8th-Nov-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Please tell me I'm not the only one who thought of FMA when they read Xerxes. x3
seishin 9th-Nov-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
I definitely thought of Sailormoon with 'Luna'. XD
nycscribbler 8th-Nov-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Not sure if I agree with the naming of winter storms, but the geeky names please me.
paksenarrion2 9th-Nov-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that the poor North East ends up stopping with Athena. They've had enough already.

But I have to say that my little geek heart is really loving this list.

Euclid? Gandolf?

Man, we PNW never get cool storm names. *pout*
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