Winter Storm Draco: A Dragon of a Blizzard?Learn more about the blizzard's unusual name
This map depicts the spectrum of severe weather warnings, including blizzard and high wind warnings, spread across the central United States. (NOAA)
As the season's fourth winter storm churns its way across a huge swath of the Rockies and Upper Midwest over the next two days, storm watchers needn't call it a generic "blizzard." This wintry mess has been coined "Winter Storm Draco" by the Weather Channel, which announced earlier this year that it has incorporated its own winter storm naming system.
So, why call a storm "Draco"?
Draco is the Latin word for "dragon," a fierce and fiery beast, and is also the name of a constellation visible in the far northern sky.
Winter Storm Draco has some notable namesakes, including the cargo ship USS Draco, and the wicked character Draco Malfoy in JK Rowling's "Harry Potter" book series.
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