Boston has had a beautiful weather system over the past few days. And, the Weather Channel's new practice of naming weather systems couldn't have been any more spot on by giving Boston's current weather the name of Athena. Strong, silvery and absolutely gorgeous.
Wednesday’s unexpected snowstorm marked the first time The Weather Channel got to break out its snazzy new system for naming winter storms. This fall, The Weather Channel announced they’d be giving winter storm systems names, similar to the kind employed for hurricanes, in order to unify discussion of the storm and better instill fear into the hearts of an unprepared populace. They dubbed Wednesday’s snowfall “Athena,” and the use seems to have caught on in headlines and on Twitter. This is good news for The Weather Channel, because other weather organizations have been hesitant to adopt the naming plan. It is even better news for the Classics Nerds among us, because we get to determine the ways in which Winter Storm Athena resembled her namesake, the Greek Goddess Athena.