Sound Off: Winter storm names
Why are winter storms being named by the weather service?
The new names for winter storms actually come not from the National Weather Service, but from The Weather Channel. In a message on its website in November, the channel explained that it would adopt an alphabetical sequence of names for winter storms, similar to that used by the National Hurricane Center to identify tropical storms and hurricanes. The message said the new names would help raise awareness of dangerous storms, make systems easier to follow and help people reference them on social media (such as with Twitter hashtags). In Europe, winter storms have been named since the 1950s, the message said. The latest winter storm named by The Weather Channel, Euclid, moved across the country during the week of Christmas.