Some folks hate the extreme weather name game, but many have a lot of fun with it. So we’re now officially accepting suggestions for a name for this heat wave, affecting not only the D.C. metro region, but also about half the U.S. population according to NOAA.
A team of CWG members will pick out our favorite five proposed names and put them up for a vote later today. Tomorrow, when it’s forecast to reach 100 here, the heat wave name winner will be crowned.
Yesterday I made this plea on Twitter (@capitalweather):
Why must every extreme weather event now end with pocalypse or geddon? Humigeddon, heatpocalyspe, etc. C'mon weather community...
Here are some responses from our Twitter followers and Facebook fans:
“You started it” (@FKlopott)
“Humigeddon kinda makes me laugh. But I get where you are coming from.” (@cchops)
“It’s the 2012 effect. Weather is a gr8 proof point 4 the apocalypse. Tornadoes, Tsunamis, The Big U.S. Shvitz...doomsday!” (@weather dream)
“It’s even spreading to other events, like the ridiculous Carmageddon in CA this past weekend!” (@JulesLyskawa)
Heather Cornelius: cuz we’re a melodramatic species??”
Heather Steiner: and in all fairness and credit to CWG, the first time (or 2) was funny... :) But when people still say it, it’s saying, “Talk to the hand” or “Show me the money” years after it was cool....
“For the same reason every scandal ends in -gate.” (@imau2fan)
Now let those creative juices flow, and comment below with your best suggestions...
Thursday at 1 p.m.: Live video discussion about heat wave (send your questions now)