I can’t believe they actually can’t think of a name for the recent storm

The Seattle Times reports that the National Weather Service is inviting suggestions from the public on what to call the recent windstorm. They're baffled because "the storm didn't fall on a holiday."


The storm blew in on the evening of the 14th, but its effects weren't really felt until the morning of the 15th, and the first dark night for everyone was... the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Everybody in the Seattle area was lighting candles and celebrating Hanukkah (mostly unwittingly).

Gosh, I wonder what we should call this storm? If you have any ideas, send your suggestion to namethewindstorm@noaa.gov.

(By the way, in case you missed it, here's the picture of the house that had ten trees fall on it.)

Comments (10)
  1. SNK says:

    http://www.hanukah.com/ Says sundown on December 15th.

    I vote the Big Blow 2006 because I was w/o power for 7 days in Bellevue.

  2. Norman Diamond says:

    Sorry for the temporary hijacking, but this is just irresistible.

    Tuesday, December 26, 2006 4:33 PM by SNK


    Yup, let there be no mistake.  Now let’s see…


    Yup, that exists too.  Let there be no mistake about the meanings of these holidays.  .com, or as it used to be written before the internet, commercial.

    Now to return to the topic.

    I saved a printed newspaper headline saying something like "Durian slams into Philippines, 12 killed."  Of course it was really talking the typhoon with that name, but it looked so much better the way the headline was worded.

  3. Mark says:

    Reminds of me the newspaper headline "Isabel pummels Florida coast". My girlfriend still has a copy of that paper for her niece, Isabel. Some day she’ll appreciate it…

  4. David Brooks says:

    Yup – that house is up at Trilogy and we were visiting with Bob when the photographer was there. Actually, it has less damage than the two houses right by it, one of which may need partial demolition, but Bob made a better picture. These houses border the golf course and were most vulnerable.

    I’m not on the golf course, but a Douglas fir made three holes in my roof and crashed through a roof overhang. Perhaps I’ll call it the Fir Storm.

    Or because I had three young men on my roof cutting the tree up in the teeth of the storm, just after a Redmond fire truck was crushed by a tree while evacuating a neighbor, I should call it the Unsung Hero storm.

    I do appreciate there are others with much worse damage.

  5. David Brooks says:

    p.s. the driver of the truck will be OK – he has some muscle pain (this was the little truck that the marshal drives around in; it was hit just behind the cab). Same with the Redmond Ridge fireman who was hit on the helmet by a tree a little later; he’s OK.

  6. Igor says:

    Well since they named that hurricane Katrina (and the Waves) properly now it would be the time to call this one "Snap!" a.k.a. "I got the power" (and you don’t).

  7. Dave Reed says:

    I think they’re trying to name the wrong thing. The real problem was thinking we could get away with dangling high voltage lines along side trees older than most of the people who live by them, in a stormy climate to boot. Naming the storm focuses the blame on the storm. We’re the ones to blame. Not that I’m into the blame game, but come on… it was the storm back in 2006. If there’s another one… it was the first storm back in 2006. Why must we name everything?

    FYI, next time the power goes out everywhere, and you find the one starbucks that is still open (such as in Bellevue on 8th!), bring a surge protector and extension cord. The masses will love you for it, and their cell phone batteries shall runeth over.

  8. Stepto says:

    Amen Dave.  I blogged during the aftermath of the storm on generator power, and it’s just retarded how poorly designed the power infrastructure is once you cross the lake.


  9. Since, this was a Hanukah storm why not call it "The Hammer?"  The "Maccabee" in Judah Maccabee’s name means "hammer" in Hebrew.

    And we certainly were "hammered" by that windstorm.  So why not call it that?

    BTW, you’ll find a link to the post I wrote about my experience of the storm.

  10. Chanukkah is a celebration of the successful revolt by Judah Maccabee and his group of rebels against the Greek invaders.

    So, since the storm occurred so near Chanukkah — now maybe I’m a bit biased — but why not name it Judah? ;-)

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