The Weather Channel seems to have anointed itself as some sort of quasi-official agency, and has decided to name winter storms. Previously, only tropical storms have been named, and those names are determined by the National Weather Service, an actual official agency.
While this has created a massive meteorological kerfuffle, notably with The Weather Channel’s only real competitor, AccuWeather, I think it’s kind of awesome. Not because the storms are going to be named–I’m going to have to elbow other moms out of the way for milk and bread whether the storm has a name or not–but because the names are so freaking great.
As far as I know, The Weather Channel hasn’t been in touch with my kids about selecting names, but it does seem like they’re trying to gain that coveted 6 to 11-year-old viewership with these name choices.
Several Greek gods and goddesses were included, tying in nicely with the Percy Jackson series. One of my daughters, who has always been into Greek mythology, is actually going as Athena for Halloween.
From the Harry Potter series, we have Draco and Luna.
From Star Trek, we have Khan and Q.
The Weather Channel gives information on Magnus as being the Father of Europe, Charlemagne the Great (in Latin, Carolus Magnus), but on the other hand it also lists Draco as the first legislator of Athens in ancient Greece. So Magnus could actually make reference to many things: Transformers, Matilda, The Vampire Chronicles, Warhammer 40,000, or like four different comic book characters. From that list, my kids are choosing to believe it’s Matilda’s dead father in the Roald Dahl classic, Matilda.
My kids were really, really excited about this list, although a little disappointed that there’s no Star Wars references. Perhaps they couldn’t get the licensing rights from George Lucas, I don’t know.
My kids (aged 11, 11, 8 and 6) are so excited, that they came up with a whole bunch of additional names to suggest to The Weather Channel for the storms of 2013-14:
- Jar Jar
You’re welcome, The Weather Channel! Let us know if you need more! Oh, and here’s a larger look at Winter Storm Draco:
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