Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, and Snowzilla are portmanteaus of the word "snow" with either "Armageddon", "Apocalypse" and "Godzilla" respectively. Snowmageddon was coined by blogger Greg Swan in April 2007 as a satirical response to local media’s coverage of a lackluster Minneapolis storm, using live streaming and memes to spark Twitter trending topics in 2008 and 2009. Snowmageddon and Snowpocalypse seem to have first been published in the popular press in Canada during January 2009, and was also used in January 2010 by The Guardian reporter Charlie Brooker to characterise the sensationalist reaction of television news to a period of snowfall across the UK. The Washington Post, out of Washington, DC, ran an online poll asking for reader feedback prior to the February 5–6, 2010 North American blizzard on February 4, 2010, and several blogs, including the Washington Post's own blog, followed that up by using either "Snowmageddon" or "Snowpocalypse" before, during, and after the storm hit.
During the evening preceding the first blizzard hitting Washington, DC, most of the United States federal government closed, and press coverage continued to characterize the storm using either "Snowmageddon", "Snowpocalypse", or both.
Cartoonstock.com cartoonist Graham Chaffer used the term "Snowageddon" (with spelling variation) in a cartoon uploaded to the site in March 2007. A satirical take on the hyperbole used by TV weather reporters. Its caption reads: "And it continues to fall! This is the big chill! The wintery whiteout! The new Ice Age! Snowageddon!"
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Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, and Snowzilla can refer specifically to:
- (collectively or inclusively) the
- North American blizzard of 2009 (Snowpocalypse)
- February 5–6, 2010 North American blizzard (Snowmageddon)
- February 9–10, 2010 North American blizzard (Snowmageddon: Snoverkill)
- February 25–27, 2010 North American blizzard (Snowicane)
- December 2010 North American blizzard
- January 31 – February 2, 2011 North American blizzard
- February 2013 nor'easter
- Early 2014 North American cold wave
- November 13 – 21, 2014 North American winter storm
- January 2016 United States blizzard (Snowzilla)
- Similar terms
- 1993 Storm of the Century
- Perfect Storm
- 1991 Perfect Storm
- White Juan
- Carmageddon (disambiguation)
- Superstorm Sandy
- Maric, Marina (December 8, 2009). "#snowmageddon". L'etoile Magazine. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
Well, it wasn't really that big, but it became big on Twitter thanks to the now infamous #snowmageddon hashtag.
- Maric, Marina (February 7, 2010). "#snowmageddon Part Deux". L'etoile Magazine. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
Local Twitterers Greg Swan and Doug Hamlin created the hashtag in 2008 in order to track the conversations surrounding the big winter storm that was about to hit Minneapolis.
- Ibbotson, Heather (January 26, 2010). "Mild winter easy on city budget". Brantford Expositor. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
"At this time last year, we were referring to it as snowmageddon," Madden said.
- Brooker, Charlie (January 16, 2010). "Charlie Brooker's Screen burn". The Guardian. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
As far as the 24-hour rolling networks were concerned, this wasn't a freak weather condition. This was war. Death from the skies. Earth versus the Ice Warriors. Snowmageddon.
- "Vote for storm name, Twitter hashtag & snow total". Washington Post. February 4, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- Broder, John M.; Healy, Jack (February 5, 2010). "East Coast Is Hit by 'Potentially Epic Snowstorm'". The New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
bracing for what newspapers and bloggers have been calling the “snowpocalypse,” or “snowmageddon,”
- Gainor, Dan M. (February 10, 2010). "Washington's New Four-Letter Word: Snow". Fox News. Reuters. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
D.C. residents have turned to social media like Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustration with terms like “snOMG,” “snowmageddon”, “snowpocalypse”, and “kaisersnoze”.
- "Powerful blizzard shuts down US capital". Google News. AFP. February 5, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
The storm, dubbed "Snowpocalypse" and "Snowmageddon" by many locals,
- "Snowpocalypse Now". North Kitsap Herald. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- Wheaton, Sarah (19 December 2009). "Snowpocalypse Now, and Then". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- Wright, Chris (2008). Winter Blast. Mountain Valley Publishing. ISBN 978-1-934940-10-5. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- Capital Weather Gang
- Angela Fritz (January 22, 2016). "We hereby name this winter storm 'Snowzilla'". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved January 22, 2016.