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Tropical Storm and Hurricane Names


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Hurricane Katrina: Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico approaching the coast. NOAA Image.

How Big of a Storm Gets a Name?

The World Meteorological Organization is in charge of assigning names to tropical storms that originate in the Atlantic Ocean and reach a sustained wind speed of 39 miles per hour. Any storm that reaches a sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour is called a "hurricane."

When a storm becomes a hurricane, it retains the name that it was given as a tropical storm. The World Meteorological Organization has six lists of storm names which are recycled every six years. The name lists for 2012 through 2022 are shown in the tables on this page.




Names used for Atlantic Tropical Storms
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Arlene Alberto Andrea Arthur Ana Alex
Bret Beryl Barry Bertha Bill Bonnie
Cindy Chris Chantal Cristobal Claudette Colin
Don Debby Dorian Dolly Danny Danielle
Emily Ernesto Erin Edouard Elsa Earl
Franklin Florence Fernand Fay Fred Fiona
Gert Gordon Gabrielle Gonzalo Grace Gaston
Harvey Helene Humberto Hanna Henri Hermine
Irma Isaac Imelda Isaias Ida Ian
Jose Joyce Jerry Josephine Julian Julia
Katia Kirk Karen Kyle Kate Karl
Lee Leslie Lorenzo Laura Larry Lisa
Maria Michael Melissa Marco Mindy Martin
Nate Nadine Nestor Nana Nicholas Nicole
Ophelia Oscar Olga Omar Odette Owen
Philippe Patty Pablo Paulette Peter Paula
Rina Rafael Rebekah Rene Rose Richard
Sean Sara Sebastien Sally Sam Shary
Tammy Tony Tanya Teddy Teresa Tobias
Vince Valerie Van Vicky Victor Virginie
Whitney William Wendy Wilfred Wanda Walter

Tropical Storms are Named Alphabetically

The first tropical storm that attains a sustained wind speed of at least 39 miles per hour in a calendar year is given the name that begins with an "A" from that year's list. The second storm is given the name that begins with a "B." Naming progresses through the year with names assigned in alphabetical order.

Names used for Atlantic Tropical Storms in the Past
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Alberto Andrea Arthur Ana Alex
Beryl Barry Bertha Bill Bonnie
Chris Chantal Cristobal Claudette Colin
Debby Dorian Dolly Danny Danielle
Ernesto Erin Edouard Erika Earl
Florence Fernand Fay Fred Fiona
Gordon Gabrielle Gonzalo Grace Gaston
Helene Humberto Hanna Henri Hermine
Isaac Ingrid Isaias Ida Ian
Joyce Jerry Josephine Joaquin Julia
Kirk Karen Kyle Kate Karl
Leslie Lorenzo Laura Larry Lisa
Michael Melissa Marco Mindy Matthew
Nadine Nestor Nana Nicholas Nicole
Oscar Olga Omar Odette Otto
Patty Pablo Paulette Peter Paula
Rafael Rebekah Rene Rose Richard
Sandy Sebastien Sally Sam Shary
Tony Tanya Teddy Teresa Tobias
Valerie Van Vicky Victor Virginie
William Wendy Wilfred Wanda Walter



Tropical Storm Name Lists are Recycled

In the tables on this page, you can see that the name list from 2014 is identical to the list that will be used in 2020. This shows how the name lists are recycled every six years.

However, if you compare the name list from 2015 to the 2021 name list, you will see that Erika and Joaquin were not reused in 2021. These two hurricanes were so deadly and damaging that the World Meteorological Organization decided that reuse of their names would be insensitive. Their names were permanently retired from use.

Tropical storms in other basins such as the eastern and western Pacific Ocean are also given names. Name lists for these tropical storms have been compiled by the National Hurricane Center and can be viewed on their website.



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