Vol. 63 No. 4 (2015)

A Note on the Names for Winter Storms

Published 2015-10-02


This note reviews briefly the history of naming tropical storms. It then discusses the very recent and sometimes controversial phenomenon of naming winter storms. Finally, a list of the most recent designations for winter storms is provided.


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