The names Astro, Eris, Gorgon or Iola might not stir up any strong emotions, but that could change after this winter season. Today The Weather Channel© revealed its list of winter storm names for 2014-2015. However, one letter is blank.
This winter season gives fans the opportunity to select the “W” storm name via an online poll. Fans will choose between: Warren, Wilda, Willie, Wooden and Wolf. Voting begins Oct. 1 and ends Oct. 15 and the winning name will be announced on “AMHQ with Sam Champion” on Thursday, Nov. 6 during the Winter #PrepRally.
Looking back over last winter’s storms reminds us of the importance communication and information sharing play in alerting residents to forecasts for storms that could significantly affect lives. During the winter months, many people are impacted by freezing temperatures, flooding, power outages, travel disruptions and other impacts of snow and ice storms. The naming system raises awareness and reduces the risks, danger and confusion for consumers in the storms’ paths.
“Last season we named 26 ferocious winter storms spanning across all regions of the U.S.,” said Tom Niziol, winter weather expert for The Weather Channel. “Improving communications is a key part of The Weather Channel team’s core mission to keep the public safe and informed in severe weather events, and this year the network will take winter preparedness to the next level through a Winter #PrepRally.”
On Thursday, Nov. 6, the Winter #PrepRally - a first for the network - will prepare fans for the unexpected and shocking moments of Mother Nature during winter. Whether it be creating a family emergency kit and plan, receiving survival advice for getting caught in a storm or learning about the season’s best winter gear, consumers will take away concrete tips on winter readiness. This initiative will span all of the network’s programming beginning with “AMHQ with Sam Champion.”
This season’s “B” storm name, Bozeman, is dedicated to the students in Miss Shupe’s Latin class at Bozeman High School in Bozeman, MT. For a second year, the winter storm names for 2014-2015 are derived from lists created by these students. The names are taken primarily from Greek and Roman mythology and are short, so they can organically become part of prevalent social media communications via hashtags.
Thor, god of thunder and rain; Damon, from Greek mythology known for his loyalty; and Marcus, an Ancient roman name referring to Mars, the god of war; are a few selections from this season’s list. See all the winter storm names here.
The storm-naming criteria are based on National Weather Service thresholds for winter storm warnings, the storm's expected impacts on a population center, and potential geographic surface area to be affected by the storm. Winter storms will be named whenever the predicted weather exceeds the naming criteria. Storms that do not exceed the criteria may also be named, on occasion, when the impacts are forecast to be especially unusual, historical or significant.