Snowmageddon? Some Blizzards To Get Names, Just Like Hurricanes - NBC Chicago

Snowmageddon? Some Blizzards To Get Names, Just Like Hurricanes

If Chicago's Blizzard of 2011 repeats itself, it could get an official name



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    Lake Shore Drive Blizzard 2011

    Chicagoans called it Snowmageddon, #SnOMG or simply the Blizzard of 2011. Others referred to it, meteorologically, as the third largest snowstorm in city history and, not-so-scientifically, a supreme pain in the butt.

    What did you call it?

    Well if the 2011 blizzard repeats itself this winter, it could get a name -- just like hurricanes. 

    Not every storm will get an official moniker, though. The Weather Channel told USA Today naming privileges will depend on snowfall, ice accumulation, wind speed and the number of people impacted.

    Weather Channel winter weather expert Tom Niziol told the paper large snow storms are given names through social media anyway, so why not give them something more permanent.

    The first three names on the list? Athena, Brutus and Caesar.

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