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Big Winter Storms To Get Names Like Hurricanes Do

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Well, not JUST like their proper-named spring-time hurricane brothers but how about naming your storm after a mythical god or other random things like a subway line in NYC or a mountain in the Rockies? The Weather Channel is all set and ready for this winter’s rash of storms which the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting to be a cold, snowy one! Here’s their list of the first 26 storms all of which will probably hit us before the winter is out!

  • Athena — The Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, inspirations, justice, mathematics and all things wonderful.
  • Brutus — Roman Senator and best known assassin of Julius Caesar.
  • Caesar — Title used by Roman and Byzantine emperors.
  • Draco — The first legislator of Athens in Ancient Greece.
  • Euclid — A mathematician in Ancient Greece, the father of geometry.
  • Freyr — A Norse god associated with fair weather, among other things.
  • Gandolf — A character in a 1896 fantasy novel in a pseudo-medieval countryside.
  • Helen — In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy was the daughter of Zeus.
  • Iago — Enemy of Othello in Shakespeare’s play, Othello.
  • Jove — The English name for Jupiter, the Roman god of light and sky.
  • Khan — Mongolian conqueror and emperor of the Mongol empire.
  • Luna –The divine embodiment of the moon in Roman mythology.
  • Magnus — The Father of Europe, Charlemagne the Great, in Latin: Carolus Magnus.
  • Nemo — A Greek boy’s name meaning “from the valley,” means “nobody” in Latin.
  • Orko — The thunder god in Basque mythology.
  • Plato — Greek philosopher and mathematician, who was named by his wrestling coach.
  • Q — The Broadway Express subway line in New York City.
  • Rocky — A single mountain in the Rockies.
  • Saturn — Roman god of time, also the namesake of the planet Saturn in our solar system.
  • Triton — In Greek mythology, the messenger of the deep sea, son of Poseidon.
  • Ukko — In Finnish mythology, the god of the sky and weather.
  • Virgil — One of ancient Rome’s greatest poets.
  • Walda — Name from Old German meaning “ruler.”
  • Xerxes — The fourth king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire, Xerxes the Great.
  • Yogi — People who do yoga.
  • Zeus — In Greek mythology, the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus.

As an L.O.T.R. (Lord of The Rings) junkie they misspelled Gandalf, and don’t think I’ll be all that scared of the Nemo storm, but that Khan storm is sure to be the WORST conquering all in sight!!  And funniest of all, Yogi? Really?!? “Heyyyyy Boo boo!” Guess we’ll be digging our ‘pic-a-nic‘ baskets out of feet of snow this season… Let’s hope we’re smarter than the average bear and get those snow-blowers gassed up and ready to roll!

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