In 2012, The Weather Channel announced that they would begin naming winter storms. They released a list of 20 names, beginning with Athena and ending with Zues that would be used to identify “noteworthy” winter storms. The premise behind this move was to help people better prepare, to include planning snow removal. Naming winter storms also provides a number of other benefits as well.
In deciding to name winter storms, The Weather Channel surmised that hurricanes and tropical storms had both been named for over 70 years, so it only made sense to name winter storms as well. They deduced that naming a storm raises awareness of it, and will therefore ensure people are adequately prepared to deal with it when it comes.
Officials at The Weather Channel also claim that attaching a name to a winter storm makes it easier for the public to follow its progress from start to finish. It’s also easier to communicate about the storm with others, which is especially important when talking about weather patterns on social media.
Storms with names are also easier to remember, and will therefore be easier to refer to in the future. In turn, this will help emergency personnel better plan for disasters.
Be sure to tune into The Weather Channel frequently to find out when winter storms are slated to hit the Chicagoland/Southeast Wisconsin area. After receiving information about a storm, contact Countryside Industries right away to schedule snow removal services to ensure your needs are taken care of as quickly as possible.