TV weatherman love weather “branding”, that is weather phenomena with a name like “polar vortex” not to mention named storms.
However so-called Nor’easters do warrant special attention from mariners.
This is from the NWS: Safety National Program What is a Nor’easter?
What is a Nor’easter?
A Nor’easter is a storm along the East Coast of North America, so called because the winds over the coastal area are typically from the northeast.
The U.S. East Coast provides an ideal breeding ground for Nor’easters.Â During winter, the polar jet stream transports cold Arctic air southward across the plains of Canada and the United States, then eastward toward the Atlantic Ocean where warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic tries to move northward. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream help keep the coastal waters relatively mild during the winter, which in turn helps warm the cold winter air over the water. This difference in temperature between the warm air over the water and cold Arctic air over the land is the fuel that feeds Nor’easters.