Goodbye "Snowmageddon XIX", hello "Gandolf"
The Weather Channel has decided to begin naming winter storms the way we already name tropical storms
. But while tropical storm nomenclature is an organized and official process, carried out by a branch of the United Nations, winter storms will be named apparently at the whim of The Weather Channel. The result: Not only can we move past calling every blizzard either Snowmageddon or Snowpocalypse, but we also get to hear news anchors discuss the damage caused by Winter Storm Gandolf
. (Please note that this is
Gandolf, not Gandalf. The former is a character in The Well at the World's End
, an 1896 fantasy novel. The latter is probably tied up in intellectual property restrictions.)