Weather Terms

We’re in the middle of a big snow storm here in Massachusetts today, and I’ve been watching the local news for the entertainment value of excited weather reporters and junior reporters saying things like, “you can hear the wind blowing in the microphone and the sound of tiny ice pellets slamming into my face.”
One thing I’ve heard over and over again now is the definition of a blizzard. The definition involves something about at least three hours of blowing snow and winds over 30 miles per hour. I’m not sure exactly why it’s so important whether today’s storm meets that definition. Maybe it’s a blizzard; maybe it’s not. Who cares? Who made up this definition anyway? One man’s winter storm is another man’s frosty ice-cream treat from DQ. We don’t have a strict definition of snizzle do we?