A storm on the week of Thanksgiving (also called “turkey day") has been given names such as “turkeypocalypse” and “turkeystorm.” The term “gobblegeddon” (gobble + Armageddon) went viral in November 2013.
“Word of the day: Turkeypocalypse. Gobblegeddon” was cited on Twitter on November 28, 2009. “Is there a hashtag for the impending winter storm? I propose #gobblegeddon” was cited on Twitter on November 23, 2010.
Heather Abraham, who works on the KDKA-TV (CBS) morning show in Pittsburgh, PA, popularized “gobblegeddon” on November 26, 2013. “I’m live this morning in Cranberry working with @dankfloyd to bring you details of GobbleStorm 2013” she tweeted. “Scratch that… Storm is now called Gobblegeddon” she tweeted seven minutes later.
“Gobblegeddon” could have non-weather Thanksgiving uses, such as for a turkey-eating contest. “Snowmageddon" (snow + Armageddon) is a similar name for a large snowstorm, although not necessarily on Thanksgiving.
CBS (Pittsburgh, PA)
Pittsburgh native Heather Abraham joined KDKA in December 2010.
Before moving back home, she reported at News 12 Brooklyn, a 24-hour cable news station in New York City. Heather spent four years covering everything Brooklyn: culture, politics, crime, and neighborhood news. She also occasionally filled in on the anchor desk.
Word of the day: Turkeypocalypse. Gobblegeddon. The Gobblecaust.
1:26 AM - 26 Nov 09
“@kwatt: Is there a hashtag for the impending winter storm? I propose #gobblegeddon. Gobble=turkey, (cont) http://tl.gd/74bnal
9:27 AM - 23 Nov 10
St. Paul, Minnesota
When is Gobblegeddon coming? Will it interfere w Drinksgiving? RT @kwatt: a hashtag for impending winter storm? I propose #gobblegeddon
10:29AM Tue, November 23 2010
I’m live this morning in Cranberry working with @dankfloyd to bring you details of GobbleStorm 2013. Join @KDKATVAMNEWS right now!
3:30 AM - 26 Nov 13
Scratch that… Storm is now called Gobblegeddon.
3:37 AM - 26 Nov 13
This winter storm is trending. I have seen it called #TurkeyStorm but I prefer what’s trending in Pittsburgh - #Gobblegeddon
6:26 AM - 26 Nov 13
In Pittsburgh #Gobblegeddon is trending thanks to my pal @KDKAHeather. NYers-what should we call our incoming holiday weather woes??
10:58 AM - 26 Nov 13
leave it to my ‘cuz’ @KDKAHeather to coin this storm “GobblerGeddon” - nice work! (and now my decision to stay put for t-day seems right..)
12:41 PM - 26 Nov 13
96.1 KISS (Pittsburgh, PA)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
#Gobblegeddon Thanksgiving Winter Storm
Here is our coverage of GOBBLEGEDDON and Fat Tony the dancing PenDot salt truck driver on the show
Salute to Heather Abraham from KDKA for naming this Thanksgiving snow storm GOBBLEGEDDON
Chicago (IL) Tribune
Gobblegeddon or Boreas: Thanksgiving winter storm name divides social media
It’s the Weather Channel vs. social media—should we even name winter storms?
By Scott Kleinberg
10:27 a.m. CST, November 27, 2013
If this is the first time you’re seeing these words, you aren’t spending enough time on social media. They’re the two names for the one massive winter storm impacting Thanksgiving travel along the East Coast and extending to airports nationwide. Yep. Gobblegeddon or Boreas could be responsible for delaying dinner at grandma’s house or ground the huge balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
But before we talk turkey, let’s talk about these names.
Gobblegeddon appears to have been started by reporter Heather Abraham of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, at least according to Twitter. And it’s caught on in a big way, lighting up search under trending topics and stretching to Facebook.