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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 2014 through 2024 are shown in the tables on this page.




Names used for Atlantic Tropical Storms
2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Andrea Arthur Ana Alex Arlene Alberto
Barry Bertha Bill Bonnie Bret Beryl
Chantal Cristobal Claudette Colin Cindy Chris
Dorian Dolly Danny Danielle Don Debby
Erin Edouard Elsa Earl Emily Ernesto
Fernand Fay Fred Fiona Franklin Francine
Gabrielle Gonzalo Grace Gaston Gert Gordon
Humberto Hanna Henri Hermine Harold Helene
Imelda Isaias Ida Ian Idalia Isaac
Jerry Josephine Julian Julia Jose Joyce
Karen Kyle Kate Karl Katia Kirk
Lorenzo Laura Larry Lisa Lee Leslie
Melissa Marco Mindy Martin Margot Milton
Nestor Nana Nicholas Nicole Nigel Nadine
Olga Omar Odette Owen Ophelia Oscar
Pablo Paulette Peter Paula Philippe Patty
Rebekah Rene Rose Richard Rina Rafael
Sebastien Sally Sam Shary Sean Sara
Tanya Teddy Teresa Tobias Tammy Tony
Van Vicky Victor Virginie Vince Valerie
Wendy Wilfred Wanda Walter Whitney William

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.

If there are more than 21 named storms in a given year, the Greek alphabet is used for subsequent storms. The 22nd storm would be named Tropical Storm Alpha, the 23rd would be Tropical Storm Beta, and so on.

Names used for Atlantic Tropical Storms in the Past
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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
Gonzalo Grace Gaston Gert Gordon
Hanna Henri Hermine Harvey Helene
Isaias Ida Ian Irma 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
Paulette Peter Paula Philippe Patty
Rene Rose Richard Rina Rafael
Sally Sam Shary Sean Sara
Teddy Teresa Tobias Tammy Tony
Vicky Victor Virginie Vince Valerie
Wilfred Wanda Walter Whitney William



Tropical Storm Name Lists are Recycled

In the tables on this page, you can see that the name list from 2016 is nearly identical to the list that will be used in 2022. This shows how the name lists are recycled every six years.

However, if you compare the names in the lists, you will see that Matthew and Otto will not be reused in 2022. 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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