The Weather Channel television network today unveiled its list of winter storm names for the 2019-2020 season. This marks the eighth year the network has named winter storms with the purpose of simplifying and expediting communications to and from residents in the storms’ paths. Inspired by retro names making a comeback, this year’s list includes those such as Bessie, Quincy, Mabel and Odell.
The storm-naming criteria are based on National Weather Service (NWS) thresholds for winter storm warnings. Storms will be named when either of two criteria are met: a population of 2 million and/or an areal coverage of at least 400,000 sq. km. (about the size of Montana) are expected to go under those NWS warnings.
“As a trusted news network, naming each winter storm based on NWS thresholds allows us to effectively communicate with our viewers in order to provide necessary and potentially lifesaving information,” said Dr. Matt Sitkowski, Executive Weather Producer for The Weather Channel television network. “This winter, we’ll continue these efforts to give our audience easily digestible information in times of severe weather.”
The list was revealed on the network’s flagship morning show, AMHQ, alongside a new partnership with Lands’ End and One Warm Coat for the 3rd Annual One Warm Coat Day, which is a national day of awareness, activation and support to help get coats to those in need.
This year’s full list of Winter Storm names includes:
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