The derivation of the Storm Pattern Design is generally attributed a Trader by the name of J.B. Moore. He traded at Crystal, New Mexico, in the heart of Navajo Nation from 1896 through 1911. He operated his Trading Post in a time of transition for Navajo Weavers. Previously, textiles were produced for home use as clothing and for trade with other Native American peoples and a few Euro-Americans who ventured into their lands.
As the Navajo people were now buying ready made clothing, J.B. Moore realized that a new avenue for this excellent weaving product would need to be developed in order for the art to stay alive. He encouraged the weavers in his area to start using Persian rug elements in their designs and to produce designs more suited to floor use as rugs. Moore had picture cards drawn up of what he considered "salable" designs. He eventually produced a catalogue which he sent to the eastern United States market in 1903 and again in 1911.
The Storm Pattern design is Plate XXVII in his 1911 catalogue. This design is a popular design today amongst the Navajo weavers.