Hurricane names

Retired Hurricane names

Atlantic Hurricane Names

Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. The original name lists featured only women's names. In 1979, men's names were introduced and they alternate with the women's names. Six lists are used in rotation. Thus, the 2008 list will be used again in 2014.
The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the WMO Tropical Cyclone Committees (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it. Infamous storm names such as Katrina (USA, 2005), Mitch (Honduras, 1998) and Tracy (Darwin, 1974) are examples for this.
Hurricanes are named alphabetically from the list in chronological order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U."

2014

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

2013

Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy

2012

Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sandy
Tony
Valerie
William

2011

Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Don
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irene
Jose
Katia
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney

2010

Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Igor
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tomas
Virginie
Walter

2009

Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fred
Grace
Henri
Ida
Joaquin
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda

2008

Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gustav
Hanna
Ike
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paloma
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred

2007

Andrea
Barry
Chanta
Dean
Erin
Felix
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Noel
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy

Complete Listing of Retired Hurricane Names

The 2013 hurricane name list was the same as the 2007 hurricane name list with the exception of three names that were devastating hurricanes in 2007 and thus retired. Dean was replaced by Dorian, Felix was replaced by Fernand, and Noel was replaced by Nestor.
However, if there is an unusually large or damaging hurricane, the name is retired by the World Meteorological Organization´s hurricane committee because using it again could be considered insensitive. The hurricane name is then retired not used for at least ten years. Here is a list of hurricane names that have been retired as of 2013.


Hurricane KATRINA Most destructive hurricane ever to strike the U.S.

Agnes 1972, Alicia 1983, Allen 1980, Allison 2001, Andrew 1992 Anita 1977, Audrey 1957, Betsy 1965, Beulah 1967, Bob 1991, Camille 1969, Carla 1961, Carmen 1974, Carol 1954, Celia 1970, Cesar 1996, Charley 2004, Cleo 1964, Connie 1955, David 1979, Dean 2007, Dennis 2005, Diana 1990, Diane 1955, Donna 1960, Dora 1964, Edna 1968, Elena 1985, Eloise 1975, Fabian 2003, Felix 2007, Fifi 1974, Flora 1963, Floyd 1999, Fran 1996, Frances 2004, Frederic 1979, Georges 1998, Gilbert 1988, Gloria 1985, Gustav 2008, Hattie 1961, Hazel 1954, Hilda 1964, Hortense 1996, Hugo 1989, Igor 2010, Ike 2008, Inez 1966, Ione 1955, Irene 2011, Iris 2001, Isabel 2003, Isidore 2002, Ivan 2004, Janet 1955, Jeanne 2004, Joan 1988, Juan 2003, Katrina 2005, Keith 2000, Klaus 1990, Lenny 1999, Lili 2002, Luis 1995, Marilyn 1995, Michelle 2001, Mitch 1998, Noel 2007, Opal 1995, Paloma 2008, Rita 2005, Roxanne 1995, Sandy 2012, Stan 2005, Tomas 2010, Wilma 2005.

For an updated list see National Hurricane Center

Credits: Matt Rosenberg, About.com

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