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What should we call Hurricane Sandy?

A debate has been raging in social media streams about what to call Hurricane Sandy.

Here are the three contenders:

1) Hurricane Sandy - It’s the official name from the National Hurricane Center but critics say Sandy will be transitioning into a nor’easter - so it may not be accurate to call it a hurricane.

2) Frankenstorm - A National Weather Service forecaster proposed this name given the Halloween coincidence and transforming nature of the storm. But critics say it trivializes a serious storm.

The name ‘Frankenstorm’ has been coined by some meteorologists and media.We are refraining due the severity of the storm.

— Rob Marciano (@robmarcianoCNN) October 26, 2012

3) Snor’eastercane: The Wall Street Journal’s weather blog pitched this name - as the storm will be part snowstorm, part nor’easter, and part hurricane.

Time for you to vote on your favorite

DisclaimerThis is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.

Feel free to debate the merits of the different names below. Hate all of these names? Let those creative juices flow and suggest others.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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