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October 9, 2012

Editorial: Let's stop marketing the weather

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There is a long tradition of naming hurricanes. The United States in 1953 codified the tradition by assigning female names in alphabetical sequence to tropical storms. In the late 1970s, male names were added to the mix.

Hurricanes are well-defined storms following a path that can be tracked and predicted, so naming them makes sense, AccuWeather said.

“We have explored this issue for 20 years and have found that this is not good science and importantly will actually mislead the public,” Myers said. “Winter storms are very different from hurricanes.”

We agree. This is New England, after all, where winter isn’t a cause for panic. Or at least it didn’t used to be.

And to be sure, winter storms that are truly remarkable will always be remembered.

No one who experienced the Blizzard of ’78 or the Ice Storm of 2008 is likely to forget them.

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