People Are Mercilessly Mocking the List of This Year’s Winter Storm Names — and It’s Hilarious

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Though fall may have just begun, The Weather Channel is already gearing up for the 2017-2018 winter storm season. The network began naming the storms in 2012 in an effort to put them on par with hurricanes, a decision that’s already a little bit controversial for some.

This year’s list was taken from the most popular baby names of 2016, and the overly trendy sounding storms aren’t exactly inspiring fear in the hearts of the people likely to be stuck in them.

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While many Americans are sweating their way through October, those in the middle of the country are bracing for their first winter storm of the season. The storm itself is named Aiden, but no, that’s not because it got dumped by Carrie Bradshaw.

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They decided to start naming winter storms just like with hurricanes, though obviously in a much less official capacity. It’s thought that this would help the media communicate the very real threat that large winter storms can pose.

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The list was taken from the most popular baby names of 2016, making it a collection of some of the trendiest names out there. So it’s highly likely someone you know, or maybe even your own child, shares a name with a future winter storm.

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Because the National Weather Service doesn’t technically recognize these names, lots of people just don’t have time for this to begin with. They see it as a very obvious ratings push by a weather network hungry for viewers.

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Honestly, if the Weather Channel wanted to really go for it, why not just name every storm? Thunderstorms can be dangerous after all, but a passing thunderstorm is hardly a reason to watch the news. But Thunderstorm Chad? Now that would be a reason to run for the remote. Of course, its existence isn’t the only thing people are finding humorous about this year’s list…

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Anyone with young children was probably wondering if they were looking at a list of storms or birthday party invitations. Also, isn’t Benji a dog’s name? Not anymore, it looks like, now it’s a kid, and a storm, too! Benji has come so far.

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All the Tobys of the world had to find out in unison that no one has forgotten that bit from The Office about how Toby ruins everything. And if this storm ends up stranding lots of people, the situation may actually get worse for Tobys the world over.

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If anything, these storms all seem like they’re probably running late for soccer practice or Mandarin lessons. Whatever the appointment, it’s certain that Jaxon is not allowed to eat processed foods. So how much damage could he do?

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It’s fair to say a Grayson could definitely cause some trouble at the local coffee house if he suspects the milk they added wasn’t almond. God help the barista who has to inform him they’re out of almond and cashew blend.

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The storm was actually called Janus, but unfortunately The Weather Channels graphics department neglected to think three-dimensionally when creating this background. This remains to this day what winter storm Janus is most known for. Oh, but wait…

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All the spider webs in the world couldn’t help these guys recover from this latest PR stumble. We’re not sure what’s worse, being an exceptional pig, or an exceptional natural disaster. Though the pigs are cuter, they probably require more shoveling.

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