Weathering Winter Storm Harper

The Weather Channel started naming winter storms in 2012-2013. The storm names for 2018-2019 are listed here.

The  big storm on the way  Friday and Saturday is named Winter Storm Harper.   It reminds me of the baseball player, Bryce Harper, the Hot Stove League, how many days until the pitchers and catchers report, and dreams of Opening Day.

The National Weather Service–still working despite the continuing government shutdown–doesn’t have time for storm names.  But they are calling for snow, and blowing snow,  about 6-10 inches of snow for the Chicago area. There will be heavier snowfall, blizzard conditions  and hazardous travel, especially  in the Northeast.

Here’s  a post  from years ago, with more names  for snow…


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  • Thank you for the anteneigian information -- that's my new coinage for "before the snow" (from "neige," French for snow, and Latin "ante," before). Take care of yourself and keep watch on Harper -- from inside!

  • Thanks for reading. Anteneigian is a wonderful word! I wonder what name we will come up with for this storm...

    Yes, I'll be out shoveling the snow!

  • By the way, "blizzard" in French is "tempete de neige" -- tempest of snow. Antempetian sounds like something on the way to the vet's office. I think, so I'm glad you like "anteneigian."

  • Tempest of snow is also marvelous description.
    This storm is HUGE! Then a polar plunge again...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    There was a famous eecdysiast, a.k.a. stripper, back in the last century whose stage name was Tempest Storm. That was before pole dancing, I think. Otherwise she might have been a polar star.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    correction, "ecdysiast"

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    She might have, if it was late enough in the last century for you to call her that.

  • I put about as much stock in Weather Channel names as I do in AccuWeather alerts. And, as I noted on The Quark, nothing like the 1967 or 1979 storms is predicted for tonight.

  • Thanks for reading, Jack. No, it's not like the Groundhog Day Blizzard, either. But some downtown offices did close early, and there are already flight delays and cancellations. Be careful out there!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Right, Harper's not '67 or '79, but hey, it's early. I went to the mailbox at the corner of my block to mail a letter -- yes, I do that -- and had to go in the corner store to get some warm air. (Yes, I said that. Seriously.)

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Oh my, it's cold out there! I'm layered up--At least it's not bad shoveling....

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