How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?


Hurricanes are named by meteorologists at the World Meteorological Organization. Women's and men's names are alternated. The first tropical storm of the season is given a name that starts with A and the rest are named alphabetically. The letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z are not used.
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For the Atlantic season, which runs from June to November every year, there are six lists with 21 names each. After each list has been used, they repeat, meaning each list is used
Tropical storms and hurricanes are given names to avoid confusion when more than one storm is being followed at the same time. A storm is named when it reaches tropical storm strength
The deadliest named hurricanes were in the Atlantic Basin (causing more than 1500 deaths) are Mitch (19,000 dead) Fifi (10,000) Flora (8,000) Jeanne (3,035) David (2068) Katrina (
The next three storms are Joyce Kirk Leslie. They may of may not become hurricanes.
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Hurricanes are named from predetermined lists of male and female names. Click here to see the lists for 2011 and beyond.
The National Weather Service first used female names; in 1979 it added male names. Six alphabetical naming lists rotate each year, resulting in reuse of names. Names of big or destructive storms are retired.
Hurricanes get their names from a committee that chooses the name from a list. They choose the name, trying to wait six years between using the same name again. The names will get retired if the storm causes a vast amount of destruction. You can find more information here:
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