hough fall may have just begun, The Weather Channel is already gearing up for the 2017-2018 winter storm season. The network began naming the storms in 2012 in an effort to put them on par with hurricanes, a decision that’s already a little bit controversial for some.
This year’s list was taken from the most popular baby names of 2016, and the overly trendy sounding storms aren’t exactly inspiring fear in the hearts of the people likely to be stuck in them.
Though you’d hardly know it on the East Coast, it’s fall.
While many Americans are sweating their way through October, those in the middle of the country are bracing for their first winter storm of the season. The storm itself is named Aiden, but no, that’s not because it got dumped by Carrie Bradshaw.
In 2012, The Weather Channel started something of a tradition.
They decided to start naming winter storms just like with hurricanes, though obviously in a much less official capacity. It’s thought that this would help the media communicate the very real threat that large winter storms can pose.
And they’ve finally released the list of names chosen for this year’s storms.
The list was taken from the most popular baby names of 2016, making it a collection of some of the trendiest names out there. So it’s highly likely someone you know, or maybe even your own child, shares a name with a future winter storm.
Of course, there’s still a lot of eye rolling at this new “tradition”.
Because the National Weather Service doesn’t technically recognize these names, lots of people just don’t have time for this to begin with. They see it as a very obvious ratings push by a weather network hungry for viewers.
People wonder if this tradition goes too far.
Honestly, if the Weather Channel wanted to really go for it, why not just name every storm? Thunderstorms can be dangerous after all, but a passing thunderstorm is hardly a reason to watch the news. But Thunderstorm Chad? Now that would be a reason to run for the remote.
Of course, its existence isn’t the only thing people are finding humorous about this year’s list…