[Ads-l] I want to coin "blizzicane" > "NoMaggedon"

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Tue Jan 27 19:31:11 UTC 2015


My buddy Nick Gillespie goes one better: 'Nomaggeddon': 

http://time.com/3684405/can-we-all-shut-up-about-the-weather-for-a-while/ 

but now I see it's also a hashtag... Gotta move quick around here. 

Geoff 

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> From: "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:06:50 PM
> Subject: I want to coin "blizzicane"

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> Subject: I want to coin "blizzicane"
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> "Blizzicane" -- "A storm that qualifies both as a blizzard and as a=
> hurricane."

> The Northeast blizzicane of 2015 will probably qualify.

> As a blizzard according to the three criteria of=20
> the U.S. National Weather Service -- "a snow=20
> storm [that] must have sustained winds or=20
> frequent gusts that are greater than or equal to=20
> 56 km/h (35 mph) with blowing or drifting snow=20
> which reduces visibility to 400 m or 0.25 mi or=20
> less and must last for a prolonged period of=20
> time=97typically three hours or more" [Wikipedia, "Blizzard"].

> As a hurricane according to the Beaufort scale,=20
> level 12+ -- a North Atlantic "Category 1=20
> hurricane", with winds above 70 mph at several=20
> places on Cape Cod and probably also Nantucket.

> Joel

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