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    Six Sports Team Names Inspired by Local Weather Phenomenon

    By By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    July 11, 2016, 11:01:19 PM EDT

    The name of a sports team holds a significant amount of importance to the local city or region for which it is located. For many, the team's name can become almost as important as wins and losses as it shows why where they live is uniquely different.

    In certain parts of the country, a team name can signify an important time in history, such as the San Francisco 49ers and the California gold rush of 1849, or the Philadelphia 76ers and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to name just a couple of examples. In other cases, several professional organizations, as well as college athletic programs, have adopted a specific weather phenomenon known to their region.

    In several situations, the fans themselves have made it clear that the weather is the best way for the franchise to be known.

    Here are six teams that remind us of local weather phenomena every time they take to the field, ice or hardwood.

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    As the story goes, hockey hall of famer and team founder, Phil Esposito, settled on the name as he watched a lightning storm approaching over the bay from his backyard.

    Tampa Bay has often declared itself the “Lightning Capital of the World.” While that may not be 100 percent accurate, the city, and the state as a whole, gets a fair share of thunderstorms.

    So far this year, there have been 19 reported lightning fatalities according to the National Weather Service. Of the 19 deaths, six have occurred in Florida.

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