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(Weather Underground)   How bad a winter has it been? Somebody ran out of winter storm names and had to start over   (wunderground.com) divider line 43
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2013-05-03 06:51:31 AM
OK, #1 this is the first winter the Weather Channel made themselves God and decided all winter storms needs names and everyone would use their names. And #2 it was obvious they were gonna run out of letters ANY year if they name a storm every time it snows. #3 It is not rare for Colorado to get snow into May.
 
2013-05-03 06:52:03 AM
This seems like a great chance to switch over to a more sane naming system: giving the storms numbers.

Hell, you could even embed storm info directly into the name, such as 2013HGM4 (Year 2013, Hurricane, Gulf of Mexico, #4) or 2013NA2 (Year 2013, Nor'easter, Atlantic, #2).

Then we wouldn't have to pretend like we have run out of names for the storms. We'd just create them according to the template.
 
2013-05-03 06:56:58 AM
I can understand why hurricanes get names. They're fairly rare and very powerful.

Snowstorms though? They're just normal rain storms that happen when it's cold out. If they're going to start naming every rain storm throughout the year, I'll be embarrassed for them.
 
2013-05-03 07:07:18 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: This seems like a great chance to switch over to a more sane naming system: giving the storms numbers.

Hell, you could even embed storm info directly into the name, such as 2013HGM4 (Year 2013, Hurricane, Gulf of Mexico, #4) or 2013NA2 (Year 2013, Nor'easter, Atlantic, #2).

Then we wouldn't have to pretend like we have run out of names for the storms. We'd just create them according to the template.


That makes too much sense.  Then the news couldn't come on the air telling you Winter Storm Tyrone is about to wreck your shiat.

//Joys of Missouri
///Second time this year 80 one day, snow two days later.
 
2013-05-03 07:12:02 AM
But sunny day stan III was yesterday, we barely have recovered
 
2013-05-03 07:31:46 AM
The universe survived 6000 years without named winter storms, I bet it could last another 6000.  Maybe winter storms just shouldn't be named.
 
2013-05-03 07:36:01 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: But sunny day stan III was yesterday, we barely have recovered


And hailstone John R. Huntley #14380 broke a window in my greenhouse just a couple of days ago.
 
2013-05-03 07:46:04 AM

Frow: //Joys of Missouri
///Second time this year 80 one day, snow two days later.


I so wish my schedule didn't get tied up yesterday. I had been planning on going out and collecting rock samples, photographing rock outcrops and writing a field report for my geology course. I pushed it back until today and woke up at daybreak to get an early start only to find the ground covered in snow. Ugh hopefully the weather is permitting tomorrow so I can get this shiat done before it is due.

/I saw the forecast yesterday and we were outside the path of the storm
//minimal to light flurries, no ground cover
/// :(
 
2013-05-03 07:51:41 AM
We had Winter? Honest to God, I wore something other than shorts twice, and one of those times was to go out to eat.

Already mid-80's  here
 
2013-05-03 08:00:27 AM
Done in one.
 
2013-05-03 08:20:11 AM

Tenatra:  I had been planning on going out and collecting rock samples, photographing rock outcrops


But what are the names of your rock outcrops?
 
2013-05-03 08:39:46 AM

WelldeadLink: Tenatra:  I had been planning on going out and collecting rock samples, photographing rock outcrops

But what are the names of your rock outcrops?


I don't know off hand, we are supposed to go find three different ones and identify them.
 
2013-05-03 08:41:08 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: But sunny day stan III was yesterday, we barely have recovered


It looks like we're going to have to suffer through another mild sunny day Stan up here in Cleveland today. :(
 
2013-05-03 08:43:42 AM
Walker:  #3 It is not rare for Colorado to get snow into May.

I would say it is rare, but not unheard of.  Brother's lived in the state 30 someodd years, May snow is an oddity.  March and April?  Almost a common occurrence.  Colorado springs are always volatile, teeter tottering from one condition to another.  Let us all be glad it'll melt away in the sunlight.
 
2013-05-03 08:58:39 AM
The only thing "bad" about this winter is that it won't go away.  We had maybe 3 days below freezing the whole season (usually get about a two to three weeks).  I wore a coat exactly one day, and was feeling rather sheepish about that.

"How bad is my life?  I've had pollen allergies for a couple months now.  I am so much worse off than the guy who only had two weeks of ebola ..."
 
2013-05-03 09:09:35 AM

Tenatra: WelldeadLink: Tenatra:  I had been planning on going out and collecting rock samples, photographing rock outcrops

But what are the names of your rock outcrops?

I don't know off hand, we are supposed to go find three different ones and identify them.


Giving them names is giving them an identity.
 
2013-05-03 09:10:48 AM

WelldeadLink: Tenatra: WelldeadLink: Tenatra:  I had been planning on going out and collecting rock samples, photographing rock outcrops

But what are the names of your rock outcrops?

I don't know off hand, we are supposed to go find three different ones and identify them.

Giving them names is giving them an identity.

The WEATHER CHANNEL an opportunity for marketing.

FTFY
 
2013-05-03 09:14:00 AM
Weatherunderground and other weather sites should start providing their own names for winter storms. And CNN, Fox News, and everybody else. It would be a clusterfark of awesomeness.
 
2013-05-03 09:23:25 AM
Giving winter storms names is a way of inducing greater panic in the general public.
 
2013-05-03 09:47:11 AM

tweet69_06: Giving winter storms names is a way of inducing greater panic in the general public.


Everybody paniced during Yogi.
 
2013-05-03 09:47:25 AM
Wow! I don't care what anyone calls it, but it gives folks in my area something else to talk about besides the Halloween Megastorm of '91. I used to make a point of water skiing on May 1st. This year we got 15" of snow and a town full of downed trees and power lines. Chances are, regardless of what the Weather Channel calls it, people around here will end up calling it the May Day Megastorm of '13.

For the record, 15" of snow is not out of the ordinary for southern MN, but this wet stuff is the kind that produces self assembling snowmen on the trees and power lines. And we are getting more of it today.
 
2013-05-03 10:10:30 AM

SewerSquirrels: Wow! I don't care what anyone calls it, but it gives folks in my area something else to talk about besides the Halloween Megastorm of '91. I used to make a point of water skiing on May 1st. This year we got 15" of snow and a town full of downed trees and power lines. Chances are, regardless of what the Weather Channel calls it, people around here will end up calling it the May Day Megastorm of '13.

For the record, 15" of snow is not out of the ordinary for southern MN, but this wet stuff is the kind that produces self assembling snowmen on the trees and power lines. And we are getting more of it today.


So, did you go cross country skiing?
 
2013-05-03 10:20:20 AM

ChrisDe: Weatherunderground and other weather sites should start providing their own names for winter storms. And CNN, Fox News, and everybody else. It would be a clusterfark of awesomeness.


Weatherunderground was bought by the Weather Channel, pissing off weather geeks like myself who hate the Weather Channel and all the hype they deliver. So since they are owned by the Weather Channel they listen to their daddy and go along with the stupid name thing.
 
2013-05-03 10:26:31 AM

DrunkenBob: Walker:  #3 It is not rare for Colorado to get snow into May.

I would say it is rare, but not unheard of.  Brother's lived in the state 30 someodd years, May snow is an oddity.  March and April?  Almost a common occurrence.  Colorado springs are always volatile, teeter tottering from one condition to another.  Let us all be glad it'll melt away in the sunlight.


The average May snowfall for Denver is 1.7"
The page below shows since the 2000-2001 winter it has snowed almost every year there.
So tell me again how rare it is.

http://www.thorntonweather.com/noaa/snow.php
 
2013-05-03 10:39:49 AM
Hey, the Starks have been warning everyone
 
2013-05-03 11:06:27 AM

WelldeadLink: Tenatra: WelldeadLink: Tenatra:  I had been planning on going out and collecting rock samples, photographing rock outcrops

But what are the names of your rock outcrops?

I don't know off hand, we are supposed to go find three different ones and identify them.

Giving them names is giving them an identity.


Apparently I didn't think about TWC naming when you asked that question :p
 
2013-05-03 11:12:35 AM

Walker: So tell me again how rare it is.

http://www.thorntonweather.com/noaa/snow.php


Out of the 132 years listed on that table, 78 of them were listed as 0" or "T". I don't know what "T" is, but I'll assume that it means zero inches because it makes my argument sound better.
Snow in May in Denver doesn't sound like a common occurrence. 1.7" suggests that it definitely doesn't snow every day in May...or even every year in May.

One snow fall every two years strikes me as being the definition of rare, but maybe you have a different dictionary.

Then again, if "T" stands for 10", I'm totally wrong and I should be thrown on the rack and be severely punished by Kate Upton.
 
2013-05-03 11:12:59 AM

Walker: ChrisDe: Weatherunderground and other weather sites should start providing their own names for winter storms. And CNN, Fox News, and everybody else. It would be a clusterfark of awesomeness.

Weatherunderground was bought by the Weather Channel, pissing off weather geeks like myself who hate the Weather Channel and all the hype they deliver. So since they are owned by the Weather Channel they listen to their daddy and go along with the stupid name thing.


Didn't know that, I was wondering why they'd use a competitor's name.
 
2013-05-03 11:19:58 AM

Obiwontaun: Hey, the Starks have been warning everyone


And did people listen?
 
2013-05-03 11:50:49 AM

SewerSquirrels: Walker: So tell me again how rare it is.

http://www.thorntonweather.com/noaa/snow.php

Out of the 132 years listed on that table, 78 of them were listed as 0" or "T". I don't know what "T" is, but I'll assume that it means zero inches because it makes my argument sound better.
Snow in May in Denver doesn't sound like a common occurrence. 1.7" suggests that it definitely doesn't snow every day in May...or even every year in May.

One snow fall every two years strikes me as being the definition of rare, but maybe you have a different dictionary.

Then again, if "T" stands for 10", I'm totally wrong and I should be thrown on the rack and be severely punished by Kate Upton.


T is Trace. As in enough to see, but not enough to measure.

/Mark it zero, Donny.
 
2013-05-03 11:51:44 AM

Flab: Obiwontaun: Hey, the Starks have been warning everyone

And did people listen?


Do people ever listen?
 
2013-05-03 12:16:33 PM

SewerSquirrels: Wow! I don't care what anyone calls it, but it gives folks in my area something else to talk about besides the Halloween Megastorm of '91. I used to make a point of water skiing on May 1st. This year we got 15" of snow and a town full of downed trees and power lines. Chances are, regardless of what the Weather Channel calls it, people around here will end up calling it the May Day Megastorm of '13.

For the record, 15" of snow is not out of the ordinary for southern MN, but this wet stuff is the kind that produces self assembling snowmen on the trees and power lines. And we are getting more of it today.


I remember that storm. I was 7 years old all dressed up in a teenage mutant ninja turtle costume and my town cancelled trick or treating that night. :(
 
2013-05-03 12:49:41 PM
Did they have 26 named storms? The hurricane list usually skips letters.
 
2013-05-03 01:57:07 PM

NeverDrunk23: The hurricane list usually skips letters.


No it doesn't.  There are, however, named storms that never become trailerpark-devouring hurricanosauruses, so you don't hear of them.
 
2013-05-03 03:16:36 PM

SpaceBison: SewerSquirrels: Wow! I don't care what anyone calls it, but it gives folks in my area something else to talk about besides the Halloween Megastorm of '91.

I remember that storm. I was 7 years old all dressed up in a teenage mutant ninja turtle costume and my town cancelled trick or treating that night. :(


Yeah, I was delivering pizzas that night. The one good thing about that evening was that most of you little buggers were inside. Once I got my car moving, stopping was a problem and I didn't really need another ninja turtle hood ornament. Needless to say, we were ridiculously busy that night.
 
2013-05-03 03:18:09 PM
It's funny, last Christmas I bought my parents a generator because its been something they've been thinking about but there was always something more pressing that needed buying. They get it and they tell me "Thanks! It might sit in the shed for years and we'd never use it, but now we got it just in case"

Then New England gets hit HARD, just over a month later and they have to break it out.

Funny how that worked out

/CSB
//thank God Dad knew how to use the old fireplace without burning the house down
 
2013-05-03 03:54:53 PM
Every storm after about February 15 is called "Not This shiat Again" in my household, I don't care what Jim Cantore says.
 
2013-05-03 04:40:47 PM

SpaceBison: SewerSquirrels: Wow! I don't care what anyone calls it, but it gives folks in my area something else to talk about besides the Halloween Megastorm of '91. I used to make a point of water skiing on May 1st. This year we got 15" of snow and a town full of downed trees and power lines. Chances are, regardless of what the Weather Channel calls it, people around here will end up calling it the May Day Megastorm of '13.

For the record, 15" of snow is not out of the ordinary for southern MN, but this wet stuff is the kind that produces self assembling snowmen on the trees and power lines. And we are getting more of it today.

I remember that storm. I was 7 years old all dressed up in a teenage mutant ninja turtle costume and my town cancelled trick or treating that night. :(


It was my last year of trick or treating. A friend and I went out late and cleaned up because there was just enough snow at the time that the young kids stayed in. There was a house with a longer driveway that we went to and we were the only ones that night. The woman shoved the entire bowl of candy into our bags. Best Halloween a kid could ask for.

/21" in my hometown from that one
//over a foot in May in MN is damn impressive too
 
2013-05-03 05:23:18 PM

Flab: NeverDrunk23: The hurricane list usually skips letters.

No it doesn't.  There are, however, named storms that never become trailerpark-devouring hurricanosauruses, so you don't hear of them.


Huh. I thought they skipped the less common letter names like Q and X.
 
2013-05-03 05:44:06 PM
Walker * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-05-03 06:51:31 AM OK, #1 this is the first winter the Weather Channel made themselves God and decided all winter storms needs names and everyone would use their names. And #2 it was obvious they were gonna run out of letters ANY year if they name a storm every time it snows. #3 It is not rare for Colorado to get snow into May.
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Or the Dakotas or Minnesota, etc.

We were planning on going to South Dakota a few years back in June for some volunteer work and they specifically told us 'they only month we haven't gotten snow is July. So be prepared!'.

/It's been 80 here in Ohio. Stay away another month.
//I hate the heat.
 
2013-05-03 06:12:37 PM

NeverDrunk23: Flab: NeverDrunk23: The hurricane list usually skips letters.

No it doesn't.  There are, however, named storms that never become trailerpark-devouring hurricanosauruses, so you don't hear of them.

Huh. I thought they skipped the less common letter names like Q and X.


You're right.

I humbly apologize.
 
2013-05-03 09:42:16 PM
What's a winter?

Isn't that the thing that global warming crushed into dust about 15 years ago? No? You don't say!
 
2013-05-04 06:40:12 AM
Hey, look - A normal atmospheric phenomenon happened... let's call it by name and worship it as a god!

Seriously, these people at The Weather Channel (which now also owns Weather Underground) are farked in the head. I swore them off at the first whiff of this stupidity.
 
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