Thursday, November 3, 2011

We'll leave storm naming to the National Weather Service

As the first big snowstorm of the year rolled into Connecticut last Saturday (Oct. 29) afternoon, media scrambled to identify the early-season weather event. With a newsroom editing and reporting staff largely from outside the area, we saw 'Winter Storm Alfred' a few places (most notably WFSB, Patch sites and even on a page from Sen. Joe Lieberman), so it seemed like a good idea to go with some consistency. But the National Weather Service doesn't name winter storms.
So consider it a lesson learned for all of us. Hurricanes get names, but no other storms have the privilege.


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