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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/28/2011

What should we name Wednesday's storm?

By Dan Stillman and Ann Posegate

Yesterday we solicited your suggestions for naming Wednesday's storm, both on the blog and on Twitter and Facebook. We've selected a sampling of our favorite and the ones which came up the most, and now it's time for you to vote...

Note: We've heard from some of you who don't want us to be naming every storm, and we don't intend to, except for the biggest and highest impact. While this wasn't nearly as big as last winter's big storms in terms of accumulation, anyone who got caught in the Wednesday afternoon/evening commute and/or remains without power knows just how high impact this storm was.

By Dan Stillman and Ann Posegate  | January 28, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

No "Thumpersnow"?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | January 28, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I selected "Snowprise". The storm was not unexpected for CWG and followers; however, for anyone who followed traditional media mets, the intensity/accum was definitely a surprise!

"Gridlocalypse" is my second choice.

Posted by: kygurl94 | January 28, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I read somewhere yesterday that referred to it as "Carmegeddon" and I think this fits perfectly after the ensuing commute!

Posted by: dcjaime | January 28, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

GRIDLOCALYPSE FOR THE WIN!!!!!!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 28, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Snowprise? Not really. The NWS issued a harsh statement much earlier in the day that the evening commute would be treacherous. It was the kind of warning I've never seen issued in this area.

Posted by: zizzy | January 28, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Given the speed and impact, I'd have called it the Snowggernaut.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | January 28, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It was a noisy thumper.....with a small "t".
It doesn't deserve the formal capitalized name. No double digit accumulation at DCA.
We gotta have some standards here.
Some very funny nicknames though. I'm sure the very best aren't postable due to the profanity factor.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 28, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

As a cyclist who only lives about 2.5 miles from where I had to commute from Wednesday afternoon, I'd call it "sNOw big deal"

Perhaps if some of the 68%+ of commuters that drive switched to healthier, less expensive and obtrusive forms of transportation, things wouldn't have been so messy!

Posted by: mbegin | January 28, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I strike the motion to remove -acalypse and -meggedon from future storm names. Might just be me, but, it's not original anymore. We're better than that!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 28, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Agreed with Brian, those suffixes need to be put to pasture.

I'd call the event The Day the Beltway Stood Still...but who are we kidding, that happens every day.

Posted by: VamosUnited | January 28, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

That's the point Brian -- last year was so overwhelmingly referred to as "snowmaggeddon" that, since this year is all about the commute, the parallel works.

And I like Commuteaggedon over Carmaggeddon because I take Metro, which was still a complete mess. About 40 mins to get from Rosslyn in bound to Farragut West, followed by sitting for another 10 until I just got off and walked the rest of the way -- and of course, things were immensely worse going westbound on trains and buses

Posted by: kmg27 | January 28, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Only 11% for "SnowJam?" C'mon folks! The extreme traffic jams were one of the defining characteristics of Wednesday's storm. That and the thunder and lightning.

Commuteageddon sounds too much like Snowmageddon from last year...

Posted by: MEssex | January 28, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

How about we call it "snow" and stop trying to come up with nicknames for everything?

Posted by: wawaweewa | January 28, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree with @Walter-in-Falls Church and @wawaweewa. While it may be fun to give a storm cute little names, I prefer to remember them as "The Christmas Blizzard of '09" or "The Super Bowl Blizzard of 2010" or "The President's Day Storm of '03". I don't really like these made up words like snowmageddon or snowprise.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 28, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I have honestly heard "carmageddon" dozens of times at work, from folks that aren't even on CWG regularly, so I'm surprised that it isn't even on the list! Heard it on the news, read it in articles...strange.

I like SnowJam, too.

Posted by: 4seamed | January 28, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Where's THUMPER?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Where's THUMPER?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 28, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

5-8" in the DC area and we need a name for the storm? How about "January 2011 snowstorm". This was a fairly ordinary snow, that is notable pretty much only because a bunch of people left work a little bit later than they should have and got stuck in massive traffic jams.

Posted by: ah___ | January 28, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

5-8" in the DC area and we need a name for the storm? How about "January 2011 snowstorm". This was a fairly ordinary snow, that is notable pretty much only because a bunch of people left work a little bit later than they should have and got stuck in massive traffic jams.

Posted by: ah___ | January 28, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Im partial to Thunderplop.

Posted by: DullesARC | January 28, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I'd have enjoyed seeing "karmageddon" as a choice, geddon-ocalypse fatigue notwithstanding. It shouldn't have been a disaster, but it was, because we basically asked for it with poor-to-nonexistent planning and our knack for failing to learn from our collective mistakes. So, I voted for "gridlocalypse", mainly because it focuses on the primary characteristic (gridlock, not weather), and there is that gratifyingly centered "local" right in the middle.

Posted by: rdj | January 28, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

How about "Snowbull Warming"?

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | January 28, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

WHAT surprise? I told a good friend/private wx forecaster in Hagerstown as early as last Monday that his 1"-3" forecast for the D.C. area was way too conservative. On Tuesday at 2PM I spoke with a friend in Aspen Hill and warned him that there would likely be power outages. And I'm in Durham, NH!!!

Posted by: snowbird25 | January 28, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

How about,
"That snowstorm last Wednesday that screwed up traffic?"

Seriously, does everything have to have a moniker? It's winter. It snows. Life goes on.

Posted by: DCModerateGuy1 | January 28, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

MEssex, I'm with ya. SnowJam all the way.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | January 28, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

@Brian

I agree. Commutageddon? Gridlocalypse? I'm disappointed that the two of the top three leading in the polls contain no direct reference to the weather, only indirect references. If these win, I will simply be referring to it as the Gridlock Storm of 2011!

Posted by: jb41477 | January 28, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

@jb41477

I like those names BECAUSE they have no direct reference to the weather. As others have commented, based on snow totals, there is NO WAY that this storm deserves a name. Not big enough. But the impact on commuters was pretty substantial, probably even worse than it would have been for a larger storm, because for a larger storm they might have stayed home.

Posted by: megamuphen | January 28, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Carmageddon!

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | January 28, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I also agree that names don't help. I already don't remember which storm from last year was Snowmaggedon and which one was Snowpacolypse. (I'm sure dozens of people on here DO remember, but will you in five years?)

That said, the best chance of remembering this one is something related to either the traffic mess or "Thumper."

But I'll leave that y'all. #TeamNoName

Posted by: AsymptoticUnlimited | January 28, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

megamuphen summed it up perfectly!

"the impact on commuters was pretty substantial, probably even worse than it would have been for a larger storm, because for a larger storm they might have stayed home."

Posted by: jeffreymays | January 28, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

the only reason this had the traffic impact it did was because of the "thump factor". it came down so intensely...the thunder! if this had been your garden-variety storm that starts out rain then takes about an hour or two to settle into a leisurely 1/2" to 1" per hour, there would have been nothing like the gridlock we saw.

anyway, if we must name it, i suggest we call wednesday's storm "thumper", then concentrate our efforts on naming today's storm.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 28, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Amen @mbegin

Posted by: kolya02 | January 28, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I also do not remember which storm from last year was Snowmaggedon and which one was Snowpacolypse.

Posted by: megamuphen | January 28, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Put me down as opposing storm names for anything smaller than a hurricane. Really. I'm from upstate New York -- if named a day every time it snowed more than an inch, we'd have run out of names years ago.

Posted by: washpost86 | January 28, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Brian, that's why I chose "SnowJam." :)

I would get behind "Clusterslush" if it made sense to me...

Posted by: MKoehl | January 28, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I think we should all take some time to kick back, relax and watch the beautiful snow fall (yes, it's still flurrying here in NE Loudoun). We should take some time to appreciate what mother nature has given us.

I don't know about you folks inside the beltway, but here in Loudoun, everything is beautiful. Little/no snow has melted today. There is a field near my house where the deer, foxes, birds, and other wildlife gather and the snow just makes it even more picturesque.

So I'm just going to sit in my living room, look out the window at the wildlife, appreciate this beautiful gift from mother nature and drink some hot chocolate.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 28, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@mbegin

While you sit in your 600 sq ft apartment, I will be trying to figure out which one of my 6 bedroom, and 3 living rooms I should hang out in tonight..

Thats why I dont live next to my job....

Posted by: SA-Town | January 28, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

bob,
i never got your final accumulation before power went out... the last i remember you saying was 9", i think. that's incredible in itself. how much did you end up with? what did you make with all that? ;-) you must have been in the bulls-eye.

imagining all your snow reminds me of an email that's been passed around. it's a picture of a sign in front of a snow-covered yard touting the "un-assembled snow for sale"...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 28, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thing it isn't colder because it's been snowing here in the Gaithersburg Airpark for 3 hours or more & if it were colder & the roads untreated we'd have some more traffic issues.

As it is, it's a very pretty, light snow that's still not sticking to anything but the already accumulated snow!

Posted by: wadejg | January 28, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It's disheartening to see that the exchange of differing opinions in these comment threads so often degenerates into name-calling and bashing.

Posted by: natsncats | January 28, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thing it isn't colder because it's been snowing here in the Gaithersburg Airpark for 3 hours or more & if it were colder & the roads untreated we'd have some more traffic issues.

As it is, it's a very pretty, light snow that's still not sticking to anything but the already accumulated snow!

Posted by: wadejg | January 28, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

walter,

My final total right when the storm stopped was about 10" MAYBE 11" in a FEW spots, but I'd say 9 - 11" total. Now, it's probably down to 6" since its wetness has caused it to compact.

I have never attempted to make anything out of snow (except a snowman). I'd rather just look at your masterpieces ;-). After all, we have a VERY long driveway and I spent a LONG time shoveling it; no time to sculpt anything. My neighbors have a snowblower they let me borrow, but OF COURSE, they were out of town, so I had to do it the old-fashioned way.

We were definitely in the bulls-eye here in Loudoun. The snowfall rates around 6pm were INCREDIBLE. We tend to get lucky here in Loudoun. Last winter, Dulles got 32", and I measured 31.9" at my house during snowmageddon. Then, a few days later with the next snow, I measured 10.9 for a combined total of 42.8"!!! Believe me, it was DEEP.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 28, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

What about SnowPlaceLikeHome?

Posted by: whaleyk | January 28, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The best name for the storm is "over."

Posted by: bluebook42 | January 28, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: kolya02 | January 28, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Reminder: I will delete comments with name calling (e.g. "you piece of trash"). Please be respectful if you wish to participate here.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 28, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I voted for SnowJam - I still think my suggestion of "WhamBamThankYouMaam" was better than most of the choices, but alas, democracy rules the day.

Posted by: amaranthpa | January 28, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

@Brian-CapitalWeatherGang

Yes, please...

Posted by: djm-01 | January 28, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on, folks. If you don't want to give it a nickname, then don't. Move on. Nothing to see here. Let those of us with a sense of humor play while you go sit on your porches waving your canes at the noisy kids.

Posted by: yoyogrrrl | January 28, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

No name besides the date, please. Why cant we incorporate the CWG-stated "thumping?" Powerful burst of snow!

It was NOT a surprise, as the storm was forecast days in advance.

Posted by: sullivanva1 | January 28, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Jason-CapitalWeatherGang wrote, "Reminder: I will delete comments with name calling (e.g. "you piece of trash")."

That statement is not entirely accurate. I would substitute your use of "will delete" with "may delete".

For example, here is one of your readers calling a Washington Post columnist a "liar". Not only did you not delete it, but a CWG member replied to it with what can be best described as agreement.

Lest you think that is an isolated incident, here is another one, but with multiple commenters calling the same Washington Post columnist a "liar".

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | January 28, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@ Brian-CapitalWeatherGang

I think you mean that you move to strike -acalypse and -meggedon from future storm names, which is highly admirable. It doesn't make sense to strike the motion because a) you can't strike motions, and b) even if you could, it would have the opposite effect you desire.

On point, I voted for Clusterslush because it doesn't have either of overdone suffixes, it plays off one of my favorite curse-phrases, and it incorporates both the traffic difficulties and the nastiest party of the storm (the dirty, watery, boot-soaking slush).

I'd also like to send out a few darts and laurels. First, the dart: on Capitol Hill, I watched a private snow plow (for a dialysis company, which shall remain nameless) dump huge amounts of snow into the middle of a relatively busy, but as-of-then unplowed road. It's inconsiderate behavior like that that makes weathering a storm harder for everybody. Now, the laurel, one of my neighbors spent a good part of the evening bent in two shoveling sidewalks and bus-stops all around the block to help everybody get home safely. Let's all take a lesson from her!

Finally, to all the CWG mets: you did an amazing job predicting this storm! If more people heeded your early warnings, some of the travel difficulties may have been avoided.

P.S. Sorry this post was so long!

Posted by: Zenith2 | January 28, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I think you should continue to name every storm because it is hilarious and fun- and a good diversion.

Posted by: acb56 | January 28, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I still prefer my Snowbacle name! It certainly wasn't the accumulation that marked this storm and it wasn't just the commuting headaches either, so I prefer a name that doesn't play off the traffic. And -aggedon and -ocalypse are over done. That's so last decade ;)

The other plus to Snowbacle is that it gets to how some of the comments on this board can devolve during weather events. Thank you, CWG, for keeping this a fun board to read!

For any holier-than-thou non-drivers, please realize that city buses, commuter charter buses, vanpools, and carpools were also on the roads caught in traffic. It wasn't *all* gas-guzzling solo-driver SUVs. For SA-Town, some folks trade off excess rooms to heat, furnish, and clean for close access to museums, films, lectures, embassy events, concerts, art galleries, & an amazing variety of restaurants and independently-owned businesses. There are pluses and minuses for every location. Kind of like with snow. Much as I adore the beauty and peace when it's coming down, dealing the aftermath is another story!

Posted by: snowcat | January 28, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

DC's first 'real' snow of the year. Last year it was snowmageddon. This year? Snowwhat.

Posted by: rhudspeth | January 29, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

How about "SnowsBleed" or "SnowWayHome"? Although, I'd vote for ClusterSlush

Posted by: chiefvann | January 29, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

for those stuck on the hills everywhere until the big state scraper freed us around midnight, just play this:


lyrics to The Morning After / Maureen Mcgovern

Maureen McGovern
The Morning After

There's got to be a morning after
If we can hold on through the night
We have a chance to find the sunshine
Let's keep on looking for the light

Oh, can't you see the morning after?
It's waiting right outside the storm
Why don't we cross the bridge together
And find a place that's safe and warm?

It's not too late, we should be giving
Only with love can we climb
It's not too late, not while we're living
Let's put our hands out in time

There's got to be a morning after
We're moving closer to the shore
I know we'll be there by tomorrow
And we'll escape the darkness
We won't be searching anymore

There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
(repeat and fade out)


Posted by: Gooddogs | January 29, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Slushpocalypse

Posted by: roseglasses | January 29, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Awww, man, I can't believe "Going Snowhere" didn't make the list!

Posted by: DCChino | January 30, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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