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(WXIA) - The Weather Channel says it will begin this season naming winter storms in the same way tropical systems are named by the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical systems have been given names since the 1940s, and weather systems - including winter storms - have received names in Europe since the 1950s.

In the northeast, local Hartford television station WFSB has given names to winter storms for many years, dating back to the 70s. Of course, for the rest of us, more informal names have come about for storms, like our "Snowmageddon" from January 2011.

The Weather Channel says they plan to begin naming the systems based on a winter storm's impact on a populated area and provide a more readily identifiable means of emphasizing the storm's effects on an area.

Meteorologists with the Weather Channel have come up with a list of storms they say will reflect the strength and noteworthiness of the storms. The names selected have not been selected on any of the lists of tropical system names used by the National Hurricane Center.

The names selected for winter storms by The Weather Channel for the 2012-13 season: Athena, Brutus, Caesar, Draco, Euclid, Freyr, Gandolf, Helen, Iago, Jove, Khan, Luna, Magnus, Nemo, Orko, Plato, Q, Rocky, Saturn, Triton, Ukko, Virgil, Walda, Xerxes, Yogi, Zeus.

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