Who named this storm Hercules, anyway? The Weather Channel, it turns out, which has a list of criteria for storms it finds deserving of names, plus a roster of Greek-themed monikers to choose from. (We might have preferred "Seneca," which reminds us of "The Hunger Games.")
Not everyone thinks naming storms is a good idea -- especially people who work for competing media outlets. But we'll grant the Weather Channel this: Hercules is a conversation-starter. What should you call a fluffy, steady storm that packs a final punch? We've collected some thoughts below; add yours to the comments when you've finished shoveling, or tweet us anytime @BostonComment.
Wiser to call upcoming storm "Blizzard Tiny Tim"-- "Blizzard Hercules" will encourage mayhem.— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) January 2, 2014
Please stay safe as winter storm Hercules approaches. Let's name the next one after a nice nonviolent Greek goddess.— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) January 2, 2014
A delicate snowflake?
You think snowstorm Hercules is bad, just wait until snowstorm Xena Warrior Princess in February.— Alex Goldstein (@alexjgoldstein) January 2, 2014
Uh-oh Winter Storm Hercules is coming to drink your beer, bed your women, and possibly have an adventure of some kind— Fred Van Lente (@fredvanlente) December 31, 2013
I want the next storm to be named She-Ra.— Joanna Weiss (@JoannaWeiss) January 2, 2014
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