Thursday 4 June, 2020

Atlantic hurricane season storm names for 2019

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael

Tropical storms for 2019 have been named.

Naming storms started back in 1953, but some names can never be used ever again though others are rotated safely.

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1) Who names the tropical storms?

The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for developing the names for both Northern Pacific and Atlantic storms.

2) How frequently do the names repeat?

They use six lists of names for Atlantic Ocean and Eastern North Pacific storms. These lists rotate, one each year. That means every six years, the names cycle back around and get reused (which is what’s happening in 2019).

So this year's list will be reused in 2025.

However, some names are knocked off lists as well.

3) What gets a name removed from the list?

If a hurricane does tremendous damage, such as Katrina, Sandy, or Harvey, the name is retired and replaced by a different name beginning with the same letter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the names of four deadly hurricanes that slammed the Atlantic basin in 2017 are being retired. Recall the damage and deaths caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate that hit in 2017. After 2018, Florence and Michael are now added to the list of retired names.

Photo caption: Hurricane Florence impact in South Carolina (AP)

4) How are the 21 names chosen annually?

The names alternate between male and female names, listed alphabetically and in chronological order starting with A and omitting Q and U, X, Y, and Z. 

5) What happens if more than 21 tropical storms are generated?

If more than 21 names are required during a season, the Greek alphabet is used.

Here are the Atlantic Tropical Storm names for 2019

2019 hurricane names

  • Andrea
  • Barry
  • Chantal
  • Dorian
  • Erin
  • Fernand
  • Gabrielle
  • Humberto
  • Imelda
  • Jerry
  • Karen
  • Lorenzo
  • Melissa
  • Nestor
  • Olga
  • Pablo
  • Rebekah
  • Sebastien
  • Tanya
  • Van
  • Wendy

Did your name make the list?

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