A blizzard that looks a little like a hurricane: Nemo

And the wind cried…Nemo?


That's from The Weather Channel…but isn't it NOAA's job to name storms?


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  1. Steve Bloom

    NOAA just wants to name tropical storms/hurricanes, although the big mid-lat cyclones do get named in Europe.

    February 8, 2013
  2. Steve Bloom

    BTW, the neatish spiral doesn’t mean much. These cyclones are often just as pretty as hurricanes while over water, whereas land tends to have bad effects on the appearance of both.

    February 8, 2013
  3. Kit Stolz

    Thanks for clarifying, Steve.

    February 8, 2013
  4. Kit Stolz

    The Atlantic Wire has more on the whole naming the storm question:

    “Threatening as they actually may be, snowstorms aren’t hurricanes — and just because The Weather Channel started naming them doesn’t mean that’s proper meteorology.

    This isn’t some sort of meteorological oneupmanship. AccuWeather and other services don’t play along with the new name game, says Kines, because the practice “confuses people.” Unlike a hurricane, which affects everything in its path, a winter storm’s wrath doesn’t have the same certain doom. “The National Weather Service does not name winter storms because 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,” National Weather Service spokesperson Susan Buchanan told The Wire.

    Which is all a fancy, weatherman kind of way to say that everyone except The Weather Channel — which was called out for its preparation alarmism on Thursday — is trying to avoid panic.”

    February 8, 2013