Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Astro, Bozeman, Cato – What’s With These Weird Winter Storm Names?

18:12PM Dec 12, 2014

Starting in 2012, The Weather Channel began naming winter storms of significance. Its 2014-15 list has left some scratching their heads. First, that there’s a list at all, and second – what’s with those weird names? Astro, Bozeman, Cato… the list goes on.

But Bryan Norcross, senior hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel and compiler of the list, says it all makes sense.

"It's simply easier to communicate about a complex storm if it has a name, which our naming program has demonstrated," he says. "Good communications benefits everyone."

As for the goofy names, they make sense, too, Norcross says. Astro means “star” in Greek. Bozeman was to honor Miss Shupe’s Bozeman High School Latin class, who provided the 2013-14 list of winter storm names. Cato was the name of a Roman statesman known his integrity.

And so on.

For a full list of 2014-15 winter storm names, visit