To Weather Service's Chagrin, 'Nemo' Catching On
Weather Channel pleased as name spikes on Twitter
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2013 2:05 PM CST
Actors perform during the premiere of "Finding Nemo-The Musical" at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 24, 2007.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

(Newser) – By now, you have probably made a Finding Nemo joke about the winter storm currently bearing down on the Northeast. "Nemo" is one of the top trending topics on Twitter, and is ranked fairly high in Google searches as well, the New York Times reports. All of which indicates that the Weather Channel's plan to start naming winter storms is catching on, much to the chagrin of the National Weather Service. "The names are working well," says meteorologist Bryan Norcross, who helped devise the plan. (Read the channel's full rationale here.)

Norcross says they weren't thinking of the cute cartoon fish when they came up with the name. "Nemo is a Latin word," he says, and also evokes Captain Nemo, who was "a pretty tough, fierce guy." Whatever the origin, other meteorologists hate the practice. The National Weather Service today reiterated that it doesn't support naming winter storms. Their "impact can vary from one location to another," a spokesman explains, and "it's "difficult to define where one ends and another begins." In other words, the Atlantic translates, "everyone except the Weather Channel is trying to avoid panic."

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Feb 9, 2013 10:36 AM CST
Only caught on with dullards, probably because it relates to a cartoon fish and is only 4 letters- easier than texting "storm".Take a look a the full list (lols) (rolls eyes) (teehees) (bets his bippy) and guess the buzzword potential
Feb 9, 2013 5:45 AM CST
It's kinda ironic that they want to start naming winter storms and they pick Captain Nemo of all things possible. "Nemo" is Latin for "no name" I believe.
Feb 8, 2013 11:51 PM CST
There are some great pictorial parodies on the Nemo name here