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Tropical Storm and Hurricane Names

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

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 reachs 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 2008 through 2017 are shown in the table below.

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 the appropriate list above. 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
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Andrea Arthur Ana Alex Arlene
Barry Bertha Bill Bonnie Bret
Chantal Cristobal Claudette Colin Cindy
Dorian Dolly Danny Danielle Don
Erin Edouard Erika Earl Emily
Fernand Fay Fred Fiona Franklin
Gabrielle Gonzalo Grace Gaston Gert
Humberto Hanna Henri Hermine Harvey
Ingrid Isaias Ida Ian Irma
Jerry Josephine Joaquin Julia Jose
Karen Kyle Kate Karl Katia
Lorenzo Laura Larry Lisa Lee
Melissa Marco Mindy Matthew Maria
Nestor Nana Nicholas Nicole Nate
Olga Omar Odette Otto Ophelia
Pablo Paulette Peter Paula Philippe
Rebekah Rene Rose Richard Rina
Sebastien Sally Sam Shary Sean
Tanya Teddy Teresa Tobias Tammy
Van Vicky Victor Virginie Vince
Wendy Wilfred Wanda Walter Whitney

Tropical Storm Name Lists are Recycled

In the table above you can see that the name list from 2008 is identical to the list that will be used in 2014. This shows how the name lists are recycled every six years.

However, if you compare the name list from 2008 to the 2014 name list you will see that Gustav, Ike and Paloma were not reused in 2014. These three 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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Names used for Atlantic Tropical Storms in the Past
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Arthur Ana Alex Arlene Alberto
Bertha Bill Bonnie Bret Beryl
Cristobal Claudette Colin Cindy Chris
Dolly Danny Danielle Don Debby
Edouard Erika Earl Emily Ernesto
Fay Fred Fiona Franklin Florence
Gustav Grace Gaston Gert Gordon
Hanna Henri Hermine Harvey Helene
Ike Ida Igor Irene Isaac
Josephine Joaquin Julia Jose Joyce
Kyle Kate Karl Katia Kirk
Laura Larry Lisa Lee Leslie
Marco Mindy Matthew Maria Michael
Nana Nicholas Nicole Nate Nadine
Omar Odette Otto Ophelia Oscar
Paloma Peter Paula Philippe Patty
Rene Rose Richard Rina Rafael
Sally Sam Shary Sean Sandy
Teddy Teresa Tomas Tammy Tony
Vicky Victor Virginie Vince Valerie
Wilfred Wanda Walter Whitney William

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