The list of winter storm names has been announced and they got absolutely roasted

Since 2012, The Weather Channel has been responsible for naming the storms that you see terrorizing the United States.

In an article posted today on weather.com, they announced the list of names they be turning to once storms undoubtably hit the United States during the 2017-18 winter season.

Aiden, Benji, Chloe, Dylan, Ethan, Frankie, Grayson, Hunter, Inga, Jaxon, Kalani, Liam, Mateo, Noah, Oliver, Polly, Quinn, Riley, Skylar, Toby, Uma, Violet, Wilbur, Xanto, Yvonne, Zoey. 

Ugh, you can practically hear a granola mom arguing that the PTA bake sale should be 100% gluten and sugar free.

Once a storm is large enough to meet naming criteria, a team of meteorologists will alphabetically designate it in the media with a name on the list.

“It’s simply easier to communicate about a complex storm if it has a name, which our naming program has demonstrated,” said The Weather Channel‘s senior hurricane specialist Brian Norcross, who also happens to be the compiler of the list. Think back to recent storms Harvey, Irma, Jose, for example.

But why these specific names? Norcross made the selections based on a list of 2016’s most popular baby names, with exceptions to those currently on other lists, or retired due to previous historical significance. So if you’re pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant in the next year, you may wanna cross reference these, unless you forever want a catastrophe associated with your kid.

As you could expect, Twitter took the opportunity to roast the hell out of The Weather Channel’s list, and it’s perfect.

For the sake of argument, it should be stated that the act of naming storms comed with it’s own set of controversies.

Because The Weather Channel is a tv network, they don’t necessarily have the authority to apply any parameters to storms. The National Weather Service is the federal government’s official weather agency. The NWS, is responsible for communicating warnings and classifying major storms, and they do not honor the TV network’s naming system. In fact, the NWS isn’t even consulted on this list, it’s simply a way for the media and the public to keep a closer eye on storms as they develop.

Regardless of whether the list gets approval from the masses, lets hope that we don’t see any of these names in the media any time soon.

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