We’re expecting a snowstorm this afternoon, kids.
I peer at the radar loop and see a swirling blue mass approaching.
I shared the approaching snow storm with our daughter in New York City.
“Yes,” she said. “It’s Caesar.”
Caesar? What the heck you talkin’ about, kid?
It’s all the Weather Channel’s fault–or credit.
They’ve recently decided to name the winter storms, just like those feisty tropical storms.
So Caesar is barreling down on the Midwest, bless his Roman name. The Weather Channel, according to my sources, says it gives our winter storms a personality. Something to better assist our social media society in recognizing what’s approaching. We’ll be better informed, perhaps.
We’ll at least have a relationship with our snowstorm.
We’ll gush to one another,”Wasn’t Caesar something? Gosh, how much did Caesar give you? Six inches? What? You only got one inch? What a good/bad Caesar!”
Apparently we’ve already seen Athena and Brutus. Our next system shall be (one second while I consult) Draco. Followed by Euclid, Freyer and Gandolph. I could type all the way through “Z” if you like.
Yes, you can imagine there’s been some weather controversy. Joel N. Myers, founder and president of Accuweather, has even said that naming storms will actually do more to confuse the public than to inform it. “In unilaterally deciding to name winter storms, The Weather Channel has confused media spin with science and public safety,” Myers said in a statement. “We have explored this issue for 20 years and have found that this is not good science and will mislead the public.”
So will Caesar astound us with a crazy winter storm? Or will he simply scatter a few snowflakes around?
Stay tuned. We’ll let you know what Caesar delivers. Or doesn’t deliver. Right now there’s nary a flake in the sky. (Hope you enjoyed the pictures from Brutus and Athena.)
What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? Or…please share a memory of a snowstorm you remember. Tell what it was like. Was it like Great Caesar’s Ghost?