'Yolo' and 'Kayla' Included Among 2015-16 Winter Storm Names

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The Weather Channel has released the list of 2015-2016 winter storm names and, while some blizzies are stuck with classic titles like “Hera” and “Olympia,” others are getting a modern twist. Batten the hatches, everyone: winter storm Yolo is on its way.


The Weather Channel began naming winter storms in 2012 to make reporting easier.

“It’s simply easier to communicate about a complex storm if it has a name, which our naming program has demonstrated,” says Weather Channel senior hurricane specialist Bryan Norcross. “Good communications benefits everyone.”


All of this year’s storm names were chosen by the Bozeman High School Latin class in Bozeman, Montana (and tweaked by Norcross), which is probably why a handful of them sound like they were brainstormed based on things you find in Claire’s Accessories stores, which, I believe, legally require all their employees to change their names to Kayla.

1. Ajax

2. Bella

3. Cara

4. Delphi

5. Echo

6. Ferus

7. Goliath

8. Hera

9. Ilias

10. Jonas

11. Kayla

12. Lexi

13. Mars

14. Nacio

15. Olympia

16. Petros

17. Quo

18. Regis

19. Selene

20. Troy

21. Ursula

22. Vexo

23. Waylan

24. Xenos

25. Yolo

26. Zandor

Yolo. As in “You only live once, so maybe it’s time to a place where you have less than 25 winter storms per season.” Not a bad lesson, Bozeman High School. Not a bad lesson at all.

Contact the author at madeleine@jezebel.com.

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This is all well and good until some TV news anchor has to say “The death toll from winter storm Yolo is still climbing with seven confirmed deaths so far.”