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According to weather.com, the Weather Channel will be naming significant winter storms beginning this upcoming winter. The goal behind this is "to better communicate the threat and the timing of the significant impacts that accompany these events." Naming storms will also allow people to easily identify a storm, similar to a way people can quickly identify a hurricane or tropical system.

Europe already has a system for naming winter systems, and that was part of the inspiration for this. Another is to echo the goals of many government weather agencies, which is to make the public more weather aware and weather ready.

Criteria for whether or not a storm is name will depend of many factors, both meteorological and non-weather related. Factors such as snowfall, ice accumulation, wind, and time of day and day of the week when the storm hits will all be considered before a team of Weather Channel meteorologists will name a storm.

This year's list has 26 names, one for every letter in the alphabet:

  • Athena
  • Brutus
  • Caesar
  • Draco
  • Euclid
  • Freyr
  • Gandolf
  • Helen
  • Iago
  • Jove
  • Khan
  • Luna
  • Magnus
  • Nemo
  • Orko
  • Plato
  • Q
  • Rocky
  • Saturn
  • Triton
  • Ukko
  • Virgil
  • Walda
  • Xerxes
  • Yogi
  • Zeus

Which is your favorite... or least favorite? Tell us below!

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