Hurricane and Storm names for 2017: Atlantic and Gulf Storms
Have you ever wondered how hurricanes get their names?
You probably already know they go in alphabetical order, but it’s a little dmore structured than just that.
The World Meteorological Organization, which is in charge of assigning names to hurricanes and tropical storms, has six lists that they cycle through. (In other words, you’ll see 2014’s list again in 2020.) They’ve been using this system since 1953. So for all of those that have been around for a few hurricane seasons, that is why some names sound familiar when you hear them on the news.
The WMO looks for short, distinctive names when choosing new ones for their lists. A new one must be chosen if a name is “retired” — that is, if a storm is so destructive or deadly that it would be insensitive to continue to use the name. For example Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Mathew, where both of these storms death tolls were in the hundreds.
There are several more rules in the name choosing process. For example, only 21 letters of the English alphabet are in use, so none of the names start with less common letters like Q.
Will a storm be named after you soon? Look it up by letter in the list below. If you don’t see your name, that could be because it’s on the list of retired names. Or it could be listed as a future storm in another part of the world.
Names for the 2017 Atlantic and Gulf Storms