The Weather Channel Is ‘Branding’ Storms Now

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By Patrick Coffee Comments

As we walked through the light (so far) snow on our way to the office this morning, we wondered: who named this supposed superstorm “Nemo” in the first place? Of course we all know that hurricanes have names, but winter blizzards?

Thanks to the sharp folks at Mental Floss, we have our answer: It’s all part of a slick branding scheme by The Weather Channel. Last November, the channel announced its plan to name winter storms in order to “raise awareness”, “[make] it much easier to follow a weather system’s progress” on social media…and create hashtag alerts that all lead back to The Weather Channel’s own content.

Smart, you guys. Very smart. We love how TWC “reserved” classic names like Brutus, Iago, Gandolf* and Yogi for the 2012-13 storm crop. Someone has a sense of humor–but it’s not the good people at the National Weather Service, who are totally not on board with this whole “branding the storms” deal (because they can’t stand TWC getting all the attention).

And here we figured it was all part of Disney’s plan to convince everyone in the Northeast to stay inside and re-watch Pixar movies this weekend…

*We’re not even Tolkein dorks and we knew that Gandalf’s name does NOT include an “o”. Come on!