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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2010

'Snowmageddon' name traced back to CWG reader

We've been challenged to a snow pun-off!

When I joined the precursor to CWG in 2005,, I didn't expect that one day we'd be helping to name winter storms. Forecasting the storms, sure, but naming them seemed like a stretch. Besides, the ultimate storm name, "The Perfect Storm," had already been taken, so why try?

But then came "Snowmageddon," which changed everything.

As far as we can tell, the name was coined on this blog on Feb. 3 when we solicited contributions for a creative storm name. The original suggestion appears to have come from a reader who comments under the alias of "300_sq_ft." Many other readers suggested it too, and it won the clear majority of votes in a poll we held on Feb. 4. The name spread widely from there via the pages of this newspaper and social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, until it eventually wound up in remarks by President Obama to the Democratic National Committee on Feb. 6. (I'll forgive the President for not attributing the moniker to this blog, but it better not happen again).

Subsequently, and again with your help, CWG named the following storm "Snoverkill" (or "Snowverkill" depending on your spelling preference).

One of the tasks before us now is to determine what to call the winter as a whole. Suggestions floating around include "The Triple Double," which refers to the fact that we have had three snowstorms with double-digit totals in D.C., as well as the "Snowmongous Winter of 2009-2010." Hopefully this post will garner some more suggestions, but in order to avoid incurring the wrath of the snow gods, I think it would be best to hold off on a poll until winter is officially over.

With our track record this year of coming up with catchy names for major winter weather events, and hitting record traffic levels for storm coverage, you'd think that other bloggers would back off the name game and leave this to the pros here at CWG. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Here's an e-mail we received on Feb. 10, with the subject of "Apunalypse Snow," challenging us to a snowstorm pun-off. I have bolded certain key portions of the e-mail.

Hi Weather Gang,
I'm a blogger based in New York and - inspired by the snowstorm now hitting the city - I wanted to start a fun little fight with you about your puns. You know: snowpocalypse, snomageddon, snomgasm. I feel strongly that while your puns are cute and funny, they lack creativity. I think I have a list of even better puns. Or at least more creative. If you are so inclined, check 'em out:
All in good jest. Puns were never meant to be taken seriously.

In her blog post, the New York blogger states that the excessive snow is "no excuse" for "a group of terrible ... (s)no(w)-good, horrible snow puns."

I don't know about you, dear CWG readers, but I am insulted by this attempt to belittle our "snowpocalypse" and "snowmageddon" by attempting to out snow-pun us. I dare say that no city, especially not New York -- which didn't even get an inch of snow during Snowmageddon -- can out snow-pun Washington this winter. I mean, how the heck can this blogger think "Catasnowphe" beats "Snowmageddon?"

Perhaps the snow-free sidewalks of Manhattan have led to snowverconfidence.

I now turn to you to prove my point. Show this blogger what you can do. Let's compile a list of snow puns in the comments section below, along the lines of what the New York blogger did in her post, and send them off to her. I doubt she'll even think of challenging snowbound D.C. denizens again.

By  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2010

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