As a massive winter storm begins to hammer New York and New England, a line of defense is forming: meteorologists who won't call the storm "Nemo," the Weather Channel's name for it.
"Not on your life," says WJLA-TV meteorologist Bob Ryan. "We're not using that arbitrary name for the storm. It's meaningless," says Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow (resolve at the paper's Capital Weather Gang did not prove as strong). "No, we will not be using that," said a person who answered the phone on the assignment desk at Boston's WCVB. "I won't do it. LOL," David Epstein, who writes a weather blog for The Boston Globe, tells Poynter in an email.
The airwaves, printways and CMSes of affected areas may remain Nemo-free, but there's one sphere where the name is bandied about freely: Social media. (more...)