Here’s The Weather Channel’s picks for this year’s winter storm names

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The Weather Channel has announced its list of winter storm names for the 2019-2020 season.

  • Since the 2012 winter season, The Weather Channel has followed the practice of naming tropical storms with alternating male and female names to winter storms.
  • The names picked by The Weather Channel aren’t official, however, and are mainly only used by the network.
  • To qualify for a name, The Weather Channel uses National Weather Service thresholds — a storm must either cover a population of 2 million or 400,000 square kilometers.
  • As an homage to what it says is a return of “retro” names, this year’s list includes Bessie, Quincy, Mabel and Odel.
  • Hurricanes, tropical storms and cyclones are named by various bodies that serve as representatives of the World Meteorological Organization, with various regions of the earth’s oceans getting distinct sets of names or numbering systems.

 This year’s full list of winter storm names includes:

  • Aubrey
  • Bessie
  • Caleb
  • Dorothy
  • Ezekiel
  • Finley
  • Gage
  • Henry
  • Isaiah
  • Jacob
  • Kade
  • Lamont
  • Mabel
  • Nash
  • Odell
  • Pearl
  • Quincy
  • Ruth
  • Sadie
  • Thatcher
  • Upton
  • Veronica
  • Wyatt
  • Xandra
  • Yates
  • Zachariah