Winter Storm Names 2012/2013

November 12th, 2012 at 11:58 am by under News, Weather

It’s about 30° colder today than yesterday with flurries and snow showers expected so it is a perfect day to unveil the winter storm names for 2012/13.  The first name was a boy’s name (Alan) since we started with a girl’s name last year (Angela).

In case you’re wondering who picks the names…that would be me.  I run it by my boss but I put the first list out there and sometimes we tweak it a bit.  I try to use popular names from different decades (the social security list of names comes in handy)  so that all generations get a chance to have a storm named after them.  For instance Alan was popular in the 60s and Denise in the 70s; Brianna in the 2000s.  I’ve also heard from a number of people who would like to have a continuation of names into the next year so that we would see some winter storms that start with  the letter “P” or “S”.  I may have to consider that next year because I admit, it is getting a bit lean for different names at the beginning of the alphabet.  Below you’ll find the names and the factors the FOX 11 meteorologists use to determine if a storm should get a name.

Don’t forget to tune in Wednesday during the FOX 11 News at 5 for Patrick Powell’s winter weather forecast.  Long range forecasting like this is very difficult and Patrick uses every bit of his expertise and skill to come up with an idea of what the season will look like in both temperature and snowfall.






12 Responses to “Winter Storm Names 2012/2013”

  1. Wendy Kase says:

    How about instead of continuing the list year after year – why not go backwords? Start with Zina, etc… Just cuz my name starts with “W” has nothing to with this comment!

  2. Wendy Kase says:

    I meant, of course “backwArds!

    1. Pete Petoniak says:

      Wendy, We actually did that once about 10 years ago when we were still naming the storms after area towns. The first one that year was “Zittau” I’ll consider it next year. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Alan Gee says:

    Thanks Pete! Its nice to share a name with a Wisconsin snow storm!!!
    I just hope its a good one!!!!!

  4. Crystal says:

    now that the national weather service is naming winter storms, what happens if your name differs?

    1. Andrew Crane says:

      I was going to ask the same thing. [I believe The Weather Channel, not the National Weather Service, has decided to name winter storms.]

  5. Jerusha says:

    You should have picked Jerusha for the leter J. Do you know how many people you would make smile? :D

  6. Benny says:

    Next One Should be Benny, Benjamin, or Ben :)

  7. Lora says:

    They haven’t had the name spelled my way yet hahahahahahahhahaha Lora

  8. shirley says:

    I am confused. I am senior citizen(65 yr) and wondered why twc has different list of names than Fox 11. Twc has Briana,Charlie and Denise.
    TWC has Brutus, Caesar and Draco? Which one is correct?

    1. John says:

      I guess I’m confused too. Is Brianna the same as The Weather Channel’s Draco or are they two different storms? If they are different, when can we expect Draco to hit our area?

  9. Bob Koury says:

    Pete: We love the name of this storm-Felicia!! It is our oldest granddaughter’s name!

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