is calling it: “The Travel Nightmare Before Christmas.” The massive winter storm Draco (the Latin word for “dragon”) has caused over a thousand flights to be cancelled nationwide, due to its combination of low clouds, high winds, rain and snow.

In our area, gusty winds could cause significant flight delays at airports, along with commuting delays, scattered power outages and tree damage. If you have travel plans for today or tomorrow, call ahead to check on your flight before making your way to the airport.



12 replies on “Holiday Storm Dubbed “Draco” Headed Our Way”

  1. Interesting connection. Probably J.K. Rowling named him that because of the Latin root of the name. I think several of her names may have had meanings derived from their etymological roots.

  2. I read an article once about that, Mimi. And yes, I think Draco came from the word “draconian,” which certainly described the character. She also created a lot of characters names from the Latin names of plants.

  3. “Draconian” actually came from Draco, who was Greek rather than Roman. He instituted a written and formalized code of law into Athens about 600 years before the birth of Christ.

    There was little or no plea-bargaining under that code!

  4. True that, Conan.

    But I did avoid a four paragraph summary of Athenian law as well as a sidebar about “B.C.” versus “B.C.E.” and a few slaps at BlueWaveNJ.

    Nor did I sign off with “But y’all have a nice (fill in the blank) anyway” and a parting shot at Spiro.

    I clearly have a way to go.

  5. All I want for Xmas is for Cro to say “True dat”instead of “that”. Then I can start my new year happy.

  6. Draco was also a villain in one of the Bond novels. (Marc Ange Draco.) As well as a 16th century epithet for Sir Francis Drake during his freebooting days. Quibble among yourselves, fellas,

    And please also keep croiagusanam away from the bourbon balls and the rum cake,. Also perhaps from any lawn inflatables you may have.

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