Hercules Thread

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by seldom seen, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Looks like this swell might deserve it's own thread. Figured I'd start one up for us to post pics as they filter in and discuss. Here's a couple I found thus far, all from Portugal I think. Also, I'm certainly no meteorologist, so maybe this is a stupid question...I know it's a huge low, but why is it being referred to as a hurricane?

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  2. newenglandflatness

    newenglandflatness Well-Known Member

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Not sure, but I think it's probably associated with the massive drop in pressure at the storm center. Something like 1012 mb to 986 mb in 24 hours, a "meteorological bomb"
     

  3. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Figured it'd have to something like that...pressure, wind speeds, etc. Whatever they wanna call it, the thing's a beast!
     
  4. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    its a retarded marketing gimmick by the weather channel
     
  5. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    To make us feel better about gettin no canes this summah. I like the approach. Helps with my inner piece and makes me think of the tropics, not the arctic.
     
  6. brek

    brek Well-Known Member

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    Jun 17, 2008
    Who's calling it a "hurricane"? ...all I see are places calling it Winter Storm Hercules because the Weather Channel unfortunately decided winter storms need names.
     
  7. Dune

    Dune Well-Known Member

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    May 7, 2013
    That second picture is fantastic.
     
  8. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Can't find specifics at the moment, but I've seen it referred to as hurricane in a couple places...confused the $hit out of me too, I do not condone the naming of every low pressure system.
     
  9. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    You like "98L" better? I'd like the names if they weren't stupid names. Put a few names of saints in there and maybe some rock n' roll HOFers.
     
  10. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    seldom you just cracked the #2kPostMark

    #welcometotheclub
     
  11. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Oh $hit I guess I did...wow, thank you. I don't mind the naming of actual hurricanes, or even extraordinary winter storms...just seems like now if we get a 25 mph gust of wind they need to name the friggin thing. Obviously for hype and ratings and such...
     
  12. newenglandflatness

    newenglandflatness Well-Known Member

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Hahah it's certainly the hype machine...or just coincidence they named this thing Hercules?
     
  13. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    Are winter storms on the same 4 or 6 or 7 year (not sure which) rotation that tropical storms are? If so, then it's predetermined what they will call the next. Names only get retired when it's a catastrophic storm we just don't want to remember other than the swell.

    I Lougled "hercules hurricane" and there seems to be a DC Comics character by that same name. Starchy and brewengineer, please look into this. TPS report on my desk by February 30th. Thanks.
     
  14. newenglandflatness

    newenglandflatness Well-Known Member

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    Oct 12, 2012
    The Weather Channel just arbitrarily started making up names for winter storms after that crazy Halloween blizzard back in 2011 (remember Snow-tober?), so they can call them whatever they damn well please at the moment. They apparently did make a 26-name list for this season that they're using, though, so I guess the Hercules thing was just some good luck on their part.

    It's entirely separate from the NWS hurricane names from what I understand, and purely a TWC hype machine.
     
  15. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    Ah, that's a bunch of crap then. At least we aren't stuck with some of the stupid names on NWS. The typhoon names are way cooler. I'm jealous.
     
  16. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

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    Dec 21, 2010
    TWC sucks, period



    The U.S. government National Weather Service (NWS), which has named hurricanes for a number of years, does not acknowledge TWC's winter storm names. The NWS has asked its forecast offices to refrain from using the TWC names.[12] In a November 2012 memo, it requested that its employees avoid referring to storms by name.[1][13] NWS spokesperson Susan Buchanan stated, "The National Weather Service does not name winter storms because a winter storm's impact can vary from one location to another, and storms can weaken and redevelop, making it difficult to define where one ends and another begins."[14]

    Private weather forecaster AccuWeather has also disagreed with the practice of naming. AccuWeather president Joel N. Myers stated in February 2013, "The Weather Channel has confused media spin with science and public safety. We [...] have found this is not good science and will mislead the public."[9][15]

    In defense of TWC's practice, TWC's Norcross said, "The fact is, a storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation."[16]

    In February 2013, media organizations such as The New York Times and The Washington Post stated that they would not use a name such as "Winter Storm Nemo" for the February 2013 nor'easter.[9][17] However, some outlets such as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's office used the Twitter hashtag "#nemo" to refer to the storm.[18] Tom Kines of AccuWeather stated, "The Weather Channel probably names the storms because it gets the publicity"; as a privately owned weather service, TWC relies on its TV audience and page views for revenue.[14]
     
  17. rcarter

    rcarter Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    [video=youtube_share;PxYQQoYfMtQ]http://youtu.be/PxYQQoYfMtQ[/video]


    Vote Rcarter in 2014 Because if we all work together we can all hate everybody.
     
  18. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    ^^^^^Dude I couldn't stop thinking of that clip when I hear Hercules!
     
  19. bungalowparkbob

    bungalowparkbob Well-Known Member

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    Jan 21, 2013
    TWC sold out and became the hype/social media machine that it is when NBC bought em out. Got rid of some long time employees (but kept Stephanie Abrams? I guess bc she has a really obnoxious, goofy personality that networks decided daytime TV fans enjoy) and more recently the TROPICAL UPDATE! I miss Eboni Deon and Kristina Abernathy.

    The new social media format of the website is terrible. And the wind report and forecast has apparently become an afterthought on all TWC outlets. Harrumph.
     
  20. bungalowparkbob

    bungalowparkbob Well-Known Member

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    Jan 21, 2013
    #1 and #3 are Ireland. And that second shot is awesome! I'd give my left nut to be sitting on that patio with a glass of Portuguese red and some barbeque after a gut-wrenching session somewhere nearby...