Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nemo?

I thought I kept up with things, but somehow I entirely missed the naming of winter storms. We spent a lot of time at work today discussing "storm prep," and from time to time "Nemo" came up. I slowly realized that Nemo is the name of this storm that arrives in a few hours. When did this naming phenomenon begin and how did I miss it?

Growing up in Connecticut and then going to school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire we had lots of snow storms, though only a few of which stand out. There was a Valentine's Day blizzard in 1969 and five feet of snow in New Hampshire between Christmas and New Year's in 1970. Those two are memorable, otherwise, snow was just what happened between Thanksgiving and the beginning of April. It would have been very easy to zip through the alphabet by the first day of March and still need to name storms. I'm not sure I like this personalization of snow storms, but I guess I'm outvoted.

I'm feeling much better and all of my symptoms seem to be on the decline, for which I am very thankful. Tea, rest and the wishes of sweet friends helped mightily. Many, many thanks!

Hope everyone weathers the coming storm well and...

Dear Nemo, please be gentle with us! 

13 comments:

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. I had no idea we were naming snow storms. They have been terrifying us all day about the snow, but so far nothing.

Barbara F. said...

To me, Nemo will always be the cute little fish. :-) xo Be safe, stay warm

Keetha Broyles said...


I believe they just started naming winter storms this winter. There was Sandy, then one hit in the midwest that was called Bruno or something very close to that. Now there's Nemo.

I personally think its rather silly - - - I think they're just making something for weathermen on 24/7 weather channels to do.

At least that's my theory and I'm stickin' to it.

Theresa said...

I have been watching about this storm on the news! It looks pretty bad, hopefully they are wrong! Stay warm and safe, feel better my friend, HUGS!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I happened to be checking weather.com one day and that is the first time I found out about the naming of winter storms. I think that particular one was out west and I don't remember the name of it. Hope you stay safe in the storm. I don't think we are to get much of it here as it's too far east. Take care and have a fantastic Friday!

Ms Sparrow said...

I heard a reference to Nemo on the news but didn't realize that it's the name of a storm. I just learned that the word "blizzard" was only coined in 1880 when 7 huge snowstorms hit the country over the winter. Apparently, it came from the word "blizz" which was a rainstorm.

Lauren Davenport said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better. Stay warm!

Susie said...

Buttercup, Happy you are feeling better. Praying you are safe through this storm. Please be careful.xoxox,Susie

Melinda said...

Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

Good luck with Nemo.

Take care.

M :)

Teacherfish said...

Isn't Nemo that fish that got flushed down the toilet?
Hope your home and safe and not stuck at work for the weekend.

~Kristen~ said...

I heard on the news yesterday that the weatherchannel is how started the naming of winter storms. They said that we're getting so many big ones that they should be named just like hurricanes. And they named this one Nemo ... after Captain Nemo and not the little fish, lol.

Praying for safety for you in the city. Friends up north are saying it wasn't as bad as predicted so I hope that rings true for you too.

Karen said...

Glad you are feeling better and hope you 'weather' this big storm o.k.! Yes, it is funny that they are naming snow storms now. It used to be just hurricanes. I grew up in Mass. and I remember those storms you mentioned. Still have many relatives in Mass. and N.H. Thinking of you all - stay safe! xx

Deanna said...

I'm with you on the storm naming...never realized that other than hurricanes, didn't know that snow storms had names.