Atlanta Weather | Nor'easter Named Athena? | News
A nor’easter dropped snow and rain on the Northeast on Wednesday, bringing dangerous winds and knocking out power in a region where hundreds of thousands were still in the dark after Superstorm Sandy. Snow was really the story with this storm. Anywhere from 3 inches to a Foot of snow could be found from Philadelphia northward to New England, and winds have been very strong along the coast. Conditions in the northeast should improve today as the system pull away.
The weather Channel announced that it would begin naming weather storms this season but
declined to ascribe the name "Athena" to the winter weather activity associated with Hurricane Sandy, TWC yesterday announced that it is officially launching its winter-storm naming plan with the nor'easter hitting much of the same region that bore Sandy's brunt.
Thus far, TWC appears to be the only outlet referring to the nor'easter as "Winter Storm Athena," the first in a string of monikers the channel announced last month that it would assign to winter storms that meet its criteria for naming: an event that involves snow and ice and/or extreme temperatures or wind; that significantly affects travel; and that the network thinks people need to know about.
But shortly after The Weather Channel trotted out the Athena name this morning, the National Weather Service office in Bohemia, N.Y., circulated an internal direction to staff not to use that term.