Most Popular Names For Hurricanes?
Why Are Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Given Names?
It’s not to make these disastrous storms seem friendlier, that’s for sure. Each year a new set of hurricane names is developed, and most years, 21 new names are on tap and ready to be put to use. Although every six years, the names cycle back around and get reused. This is what’s happening in 2019.
If a hurricane does tremendous damage, such as Katrina, Sandy, or Harvey (Florence and Michael are now added to the list of retired names), the name is retired and replaced by a different name beginning with the same letter.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season:
Begins June 1st
Peaks September 10th
Ends November 30th.
How Are Storms Named?
During the 1950’s, meteorologists realized that it was difficult to keep track of unnamed storms—particularly if there was more than one storm happening at any given time. By 1953, meteorologists around the United States were using names for tropical storms and cyclones. In those days, the storm names were all female. Both male and female names were used for Northern Pacific storms in 1978, and by 1979, male and female names were being used for Atlantic storms, too.
The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for developing the names for both Northern Pacific and Atlantic storms. They use six set lists that alternate between male and female names, listed alphabetically and in chronological order starting with A and omitting Q and U, X, Y, and Z. If more than 21 names are required during a season, the Greek alphabet is used.
Tropical Storms vs. Hurricanes
The National Hurricane Center explains that names are only given to tropical storms that have sustained wind speeds higher than 39 mph. These names will stay with the storm as it reaches hurricane strength (maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher). This means:
Tropical Storm Debby, for example, will become Hurricane Debby if it reaches maturity. Here is the current list of 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Names:
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