Weather reports across the eastern United States are warning of a big winter storm expected to start on Wednesday. But is it called Gail or Bailey?
The Weather Channel, which since 2012 has had a yearly list of names of major storms, calls it Gail, and some other news outlets have picked up the moniker.
Bailey is used by Hartford, Connecticut, TV station WFSB, which since 1971 has named storms that are expected to bring at least 6 inches of snow and / or half an inch of ice to much of Connecticut.
WFSB solicits recommendations from its viewers, and all of this season’s names honor people’s pets. (Bailey is a horse.) Because it used only one name, Abel, last season, the station is continuing on that list this year.
Whatever you call it, the storm is expected to be major. More than 45 million Americans are under a winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service.
CBS News says it will be the biggest storm in years for the Northeast, with more than a foot of snow in major cities including New York, Boston and Philadelphia and gusts as strong as 40 mph on the New England coast. By Thursday morning, snowfall could be 1 to 2 inches an hour, WFSB said.
Weather Channel storm names for 2020-21: Abigail, Billy, Constance, Dane, Eartha, Flynn, Gail, Harold, Ivy, John, Katherine, Lana, Malcolm, Nathaniel, Orlena, Peggy, Quade, Roland, Shirley, Tabitha, Uri , Viola, Ward, Xylia, Yardley, Zayne.
WFSB’s current list: Abel, Bailey, Cooper, Digger, Echo, Finnagan, Gertie, Hobbes, Izzy, Jabba, Kiana, Luna, Maverick, Nellie, Ozzy, Peepers, Queue, Roscoe, Shay, Thor, Uma, Viola, Willow, Xanthe, Yarko, Zeke.