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  •  Actually, that's the pattern in Europe. (1+ / 0-)
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    Students at the Free University of Berlin sell naming rights to vortices (high and low pressure systems), which the German media (along with some others) use to refer to storms.  The money benefits an observatory at the Meteorology Institute there whose budget got cut in 2002.  The met students took over the off-hours observations that got cut, and fund their work by taking advantage of the Institute's right to name storms in Germany.

    Here's the current list for 2012 lows.

    It costs 299 Euro to name a high-pressure system and low-pressure systems are named at the low price of 199 Euro.  

    This is obviously a far better cause than preparing the Weather Channel for harvest.

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 09:13:11 AM PST

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