Friday, October 26, 2012

"Frankenstorm" Nickname for Hurricane Sandy Stirs Controversy

The need to name significant, and sometimes insignificant, weather events has reached a new peak. Partially brought on by The Weather Channel's decision to unilaterally name weather events it considers important, the idea of naming storms has stirred great interest -- and now controversy. Many have nicknamed Hurricane Sandy "Frankenstorm." CNN has gone on record as denouncing the use of a name that it feels trivializes a potentially destructive storm.

The Capital Weather Gang reports that the "Frankenstorm" nickname stemmed from use in a National Weather Service-issued statement. And so the plot thickens.

Here are some twitter responses on the subject. Do you agree? Disagree?





3 comments:

  1. I'm indifferent on the use of Frankenstorm or not. The storm had a name - Sandy - for about 99% of its pre-landfall life.

    Personally, I think it is a clever name. Due to the very unusual nature of the storm, with multiple components, Frankenstorm seems aprapos.

    I'm a little disappointed that the National Hurricane Center did not have Tropical Storm and even Hurricane Warnings north of the NC/VA border. To me that is the real controversy.

    Amazing how far out the models predicted this. As far as I can tell, it was predicated to hit southern NJ about 5 or 6 days ago. That is phenomenal.

    Lot of records falling with this epic storm, whatever you want to call it.

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    2. And yes, I get that it was post-tropical at landfall, but still, it had enough or more strength than most storms that head up the East Coast.

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