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Weather Channel winter storm names met with sigh

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Posted at 10:31 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 22:31:48-04

It's becoming a fall tradition: The Weather Channel puts out its list of winter storm names for the coming season, and critics attack, mock or ignore them.

On Wednesday, The Weather Channel announced its storm name list for the winter of 2014 to 2015. It includes names like Astro, Venus and Pandora.

Yep, The Weather Channel has taken it upon itself to name major winter storms for the past several years. For the past two seasons, it's drawn the names from suggestions sent in by Latin students at Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Montana.

It's a controversial practice. No U.S. weather agency names winter storms, so The Weather Channel is basically making up the rules as it goes along.

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