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What (not?) to name a storm

Posted by Joanna Weiss  January 2, 2014 03:05 PM

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No, not this guy

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.






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