NASA visualization of polar vortex (NASA)
Around every extreme weather event these days, invariably a term or name emerges for referring to it through social and broadcast media.
Some of these descriptions are completely arbitrary, some have legitimate meteorological pedigree, some are scientifically dubious, and/or others might have a linkage to current events or a community. Depending on your personality and background, you may find these names fun or – alternatively – irritating.
With the “polar vortex” fresh in our minds, consider this list of recent weather names/terms that perhaps you’ve heard mentioned at least one too many times. Vote for the one you’re completely over by now.
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.
Did we miss any? Let us know…
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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.