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Weather Channel's winter storm names include Hercules, Orion [Pictures]
For a second winter in a row, the Weather Channel plans to name winter storms. This time, they'll be starting with Atlas and including other familiar names like Hercules and Orion, as well as some obscure ones, like Boreas, Quintus and Yona. A group of students at Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Mont., came up with the names as an assignment in Latin class and are primarily drawn from Greek and Roman mythology. The practice of winter storm naming, similar to the naming of tropical storms and hurricanes, is designed for simplicity and clarity for meteorologists in communicating weather patterns to the public. Some have criticized the Weather Channel for doing it, however, calling it a publicity stunt. Uptake on the Weather Channel's names was scattered last winter.
October 3, 2013