Draco threatens, or, what’s in a name?

dracoWhile checking the Weather Channel I noticed that we’re being threatened by a winter storm named “Draco.” I immediately wondered how a storm got such an unusual name. Is it for Draco Malfoy, whose white hair is like snow? I had to look it up.

I found that this is the first time winter storms have been named, courtesy of the Weather Channel (not the usual government entities such as the World Meteorological Organization or the National Hurricane Center, among many others). Here’s the list with an explanation of why winter storms need naming. The list is interesting and eclectic, to say the least. It could also prove helpful for naming future pets.

Again, I tried to guess what was behind some of the names. “Q” for the James Bond character? “Gandalf” from the Tolkien books? I was wrong on all counts. Here are the origins.

Personally, I can’t wait for a really good winter storm. If Draco fizzles, perhaps we’ll get whacked by Khan or Orko. And how cool would it be if Yogi shut us down?

One Response to “Draco threatens, or, what’s in a name?”

  1. December 21, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    I think I'd like a snowy one-two punch from winter storm Rocky!