Find Your Name in the List of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

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IN SPACE - AUGUST 18: In this handout photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Dean, a category 4 storm moves westerly at 17 mph nearing Jamaica carrying sustained winds of 150 mph, photographed by Astronaut crewmembers on the Space Shuttle Endeavour while docked with the International Space Station August 18, 2007 in Space. NASA has made plans to cut the mission short by 24-hours and land the shuttle in prevention of the hurricane veering towards the Texas coast. Damage to the insulating foam part of the underbelly of Endeavour caused at lift-off also has not been repaired. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
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Tropical season in the Atlantic basin officially begins June 1st and ends November 30th each year, but we already had one named storm. Arlene has already been crossed off the 2017 list of names, since a tropical storm formed in the Atlantic last month. What other names are on the way and when will your name be used?
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Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from a list originated by the National Hurricane Center. The lists then recycle, but names are retired when the named storm is deadly or causes massive damage.
Getty Images - Hurricane Floyd, 1999
For 2017, the list of name is as follows:
Arlene, Bret, Condy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney
This list will then be used again in 2023.
Getty Images - Hurricane Ike, 2008
For 2018, the list of name is as follows:
Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, William.
This list will then be used again in 2024.
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For 2019, the list of name is as follows:
AndreanBarry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy
This list will then be used again in 2025.
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For 2020, the list of name is as follows:
Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred
This list will then be used again in 2026.
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For 2021, the list of name is as follows:
Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda
This list will then be used again in 2027.
Getty Images - Hurricane Igor, 2010
For 2022, the list of name is as follows:
Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, Walter
This list will then be used again in 2028.
Getty Images - Hurricane Irene, 2011
In all, 81 names have been retired since 1954 because of devastating storms. Irene was retired in 2011.
Getty Images -Hurricane Isabel, 2003
Isabel was retired in 2003. That same year, Fabian and Juan were also major named storms leading to the retirement of those names as well.
Getty Images - Hurricane Sandy, 2012
Sandy was the only retired name in 2012. The name will never be forgotten along the New Jersey shore.
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2005 had the most retired names of storms since 1954. Not only was Katrina retired that year, but Dennis, Rita, Stan and Wilma were also retired. It was an historic year for storms. To check the full list of retired names, click here.
Getty Images - Hurricane Ike, 2008
What happens when we experience more than 21 named storms in a season? Additional storms would take names from the Greek alphabet.
Getty Images - Hurricane Bill, 2009
In theory, we could see Hurricane or Tropical Storm Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta... and so on.
Getty Images - Hurricane Bill, 2009
If a storm forms in the off-season, like Arlene this year, it takes the next name in the list based on the current calendar year.
Getty Images - Hurricane Igor, 2010
Fun fact: Prior to 1978, storms were only named after women. Male and female names have been used since.
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