Hurricane Names

The National Hurricane Center has named hurricanes since 1953, and the World Meteorological Organization under strict

procedures, maintains the hurricane name lists.

Have you ever wondered why you seem to see the same names given to hurricanes? There are six lists of names, one name per storm per year with the names of each storm repeating on each list every sixth year. This means we will see “Arthur” again in 2020.The Greek alphabet follows if there are more storms than pre-named storms. These lists are recycled over a six-year period unless there is a catastrophic event. If significant damage or death occurs, the hurricane name is retired. This is the only time the lists are modified.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has the authority to remove the name(s) from the list and replace it with another.

2014 Atlantic Hurricane Names

Arthur   Bertha   Cristobal   Dolly   Edouard   Fay   Gonzalo   Hanna   Isaias   Josephine   Kyle   Laura   Marco   Nana   Omar   Paulette   Rene   Sally   Teddy   Vicky   Wilfred


2014 Eastern North Pacific Names

  Amanda   Boris   Cristina   Douglas   Elida   Fausto    Genevieve   Hernan   Iselle   Julio   Karina   Lowell   Marie   Norbert   Odile   Polo   Rachel   Simon   Trudy   Vance   Winnie   Xavier   Yolanda   Zeke


Listed below are the names of hurricanes that were retired since 2004

Retired Hurricane Names since 2004, (total 20):

2004
Charley
Frances
Ivan
Jeanne
2005
Dennis
Katrina
Rita
Stan
Wilma
2006 2007
Dean
Felix
Noel
2008
Gustav
Ike
Paloma
2009
2010
Igor
Tomas
2011
Irene
2012
Sandy
2013
Ingrid
2014

Source http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_history.shtml

1994 to 2004 retired another 20 names; however, the prior 10 years, 1984 to 1994 only had 9 retired storms.

The records show in the last twenty years, 40 named storms were retired from use. Devastation from these storms took their toll on lives and property. Many victims were unprepared for the violent rain, wind, hail and water. Many others were not prepared to survive after the hurricane hit. Your own Emergency Disaster Preparedness is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are.

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