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On the evening of January 3rd, New Yorkers either slept or reveled (heeding or ignoring the new Mayor's call to stay inside) as the first major snowstorm of the season shrouded the region in snow. In Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Herbert Von King Park was quiet but for the occasional midnight wanderer, but on surrounding streets, buses, taxis, and bikers remained on-route despite the conditions and people shoveled before bed to stay ahead of the accumulation. --Hannah Palmer Egan
Published on January 3, 2014
"Hercules?" What gives you the impression this snow storm had a name? Since when have snow events EVER had names? Hurricanes and typhoons have names, given to them by the appropriate government agency. Snow storms do NOT have names. The National Weather Service (NWS) hasn't named the snow, nor has the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Neither the NWS, NOAA, nor anyone I know is referring to this storm as "Hercules."
Oh, WAIT A MINUTE. You must be referring to The Weather Channel. Yes, in what can only be described as a shameless, pretentious publicity stunt, they have taken it upon themselves to start naming every snow event that comes along, and in the process they have become a bit of a laughingstock. Who knows? Maybe this summer, when things have started quieting down, they'll start naming HEAT WAVES!
It was just another snow storm, not "Hercules." Please stop pandering to The Weather Channel's sense of self-importance.