2021 Hurricane Names For The Season

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Have you ever wondered why tropical storms and hurricanes are given names? It’s not to make these disastrous storms seem friendlier, that’s for sure. Storms are given names to make them easier to remember. But who picks the names? Read on to find out!

List of 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Names:

  1. Ana
  2. Bill 
  3. Claudette 
  4. Danny
  5. Elsa
  6. Fred
  7. Grace
  8. Henri
  9. Ida
  10. Julian
  11. Kate
  12. Larry
  13. Mindy
  14. Nicholas
  15. Odette
  16. Peter
  17. Rose
  18. Sam
  19. Teresa
  20. Victor
  21. Wanda

How Are Storms Named?

Prior to the 1950s, meteorologists kept track of hurricanes and tropical storms by the year and the storms’ order for that year. So, for instance, the fifth tropical storm of 1938 was referred to as just that — the “fifth tropical storm of 1938” or “Storm 5.”

Tropical storms and hurricanes that did a lot of damage received unofficial names—like the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane, which did so much damage that the Miami government implemented the first known building code in the United States.

During the 1950s, meteorologists realized that it was difficult to keep track of unnamed storms—particularly if there was more than one storm happening at any given time. By 1953, meteorologists around the United States were using names for tropical storms and cyclones.

In those days, the storm names were all female. Both male and female names were used for Northern Pacific storms in 1978, and by 1979, male and female names were being used for Atlantic storms, too.

The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for developing the names for both Northern Pacific and Atlantic storms. They use six lists of names for Atlantic Ocean and Eastern North Pacific storms. These lists rotate, one each year.

That means every six years, the names cycle back around and get reused (which happened in 2019). If a hurricane does tremendous damage, such as Katrina, Sandy, or Harvey, the name is retired and replaced by a different name beginning with the same letter.

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The names alternate between male and female names, listed alphabetically and in chronological order starting with A and omitting Q and U, X, Y, and Z.  If more than 21 names are required during a season, the Greek alphabet is used.

2020 was one of the most active years for hurricanes. (It was so active that we had to dip into the Greek alphabet for names.) There were 30 named storms (beating the record of 28 in 2005). Eight names may be worth of retirement from 2020 including Iota, Eta, Zeta, Delta, Sally, Laura, and Isaias, however, there is currently no official rule for retiring names from the Greek alphabet.

Which Hurricane Names Have Been Retired?

Here is a list of retired hurricane names in the past 10 years:

2010: Igor, Thomas
2011: Irene
2012: Sandy
2013: Ingrid
2014: N/A
2015: Erika, Joaquin
2016: Matthew, Otto
2017: Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate
2018: Florence, Michael

The list of retired hurricane names from 2019 and 2020 won’t be made until spring 2021 due to COVID-19.

Tropical Storms vs. Hurricanes

The National Hurricane Center explains that names are only given to tropical storms that have sustained wind speeds higher than 39 mph. These names will stay with the storm as it reaches hurricane strength (maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher). This means Tropical Storm Debby, for example, will become Hurricane Debby if it reaches maturity.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1st, peaks September 10th, and ends November 30th, although hurricanes can form at any time.

List of 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Names:

  1. Arthur
  2. Bertha
  3. Cristobal
  4. Dolly
  5. Edouard
  6. Fay
  7. Gonzalo
  8. Hanna
  9. Isaias
  10. Josephine
  11. Kyle
  12. Laura
  13. Marco
  14. Nana
  15. Omar
  16. Paulette
  17. Rene
  18. Sally
  19. Teddy
  20. Vicky
  21. Wilfred

Note: The 2020 Hurricane Season was so busy, they had to move onto the Greek alphabet for names:

  1. Alpha
  2. Beta
  3. Gamma
  4. Delta
  5. Epsilon
  6. Zeta
  7. Eta
  8. Theta
  9. Iota
  10. Kapp
  11. Lambda
  12. Mu
  13. Nu
  14. Xi
  15. Omicron
  16. Pi
  17. Rho
  18. Sigma
  19. Tau
  20. Upsilon
  21. Phi
  22. Chi
  23. Psi
  24. Omega

Caleb Weatherbee is the official forecaster for the Farmers' Almanac. His name is actually a pseudonym that has been passed down through generations of Almanac prognosticators and has been used to conceal the true identity of the men and women behind our predictions.

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Myrtle R Voss
Myrtle R Voss
6 days ago

Hurricane Myrtle, would be awesome…

Banber
Banber
2 months ago

How about hurricane Ava?

Bella Davisson
Bella Davisson
2 months ago

There’s a hurricane Karen we are or we were doomed. Lol

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

2021 should bring us a Designer series of Hurricanes…
Hurricane Coco Chanel
Hurricane Giorgio Armani
Hurricane Calvin Klein
Hurricane Ralph Lauren
Hurricane Gianni Versace
Hurricane Louis Vuitton

Zaikai
Zaikai
2 months ago

Zaikai

kendall
kendall
2 months ago

they should name a hurricane kendall

Audrey
Audrey
3 months ago

What if you have 1 level home during a hurricane ? No basement

brennan
brennan
3 months ago

brennan is a good namr

karl
karl
3 months ago
Reply to  brennan

yes it is

emery
emery
3 months ago
Reply to  brennan

your name is common

Grayson
Grayson
3 months ago

Is there a Grayson hurricane?

Emery
Emery
3 months ago

How come their isn’t a hurricaneEmery it would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brenda
Brenda
3 months ago

I have never heard my name why not hurricane Brenda or beranda

kamdyn
kamdyn
3 months ago

crazy how many hurricanes are coming.

Jeroldincitruspark
Jeroldincitruspark
4 months ago

I have always though that they should used different names that would evoke a fear reaction. I have for some reason never been afraid of a storm named Hurricane Chantal. On the other hand, Hurricane Doris – that is one scary storm!

Sonia Chadwick
Sonia Chadwick
4 months ago

My name is Sonia, I haven’t heard about the storm that happened in 1989 that was named Sonia

Laura Clemon
Laura Clemon
4 months ago

My name made the list! What even crazier is that Hurricane Laura actually hit my city, Cameron LA! The winds were howling the whole night. If someone says evacuate,then leave.

Nyethia R Braggs
Nyethia R Braggs
4 months ago

Why not use names that are summited. Like odd or different names..my name is unusual Nyethia.

Bernadette
Bernadette
5 months ago

Consider the names Karé (ka-RAY) or Corey

Jean
Jean
4 months ago
Reply to  Bernadette

Or Kahelen (the h is silent) pronounced Kay-Len, Kay-Lin, Kay-Lyn- Kay-Lynn a very unique name for any future storm.

Sunchipz
Sunchipz
5 months ago

Rafiki would be a good name for any retired r name. I mean other than the Disney reference it’s so powerful and would be a really cool name for a storm

Dude
Dude
5 months ago

Hurricane Karen!!

Teddy
Teddy
5 months ago

My names in this year!

laura
laura
5 months ago
Reply to  Teddy

So is mine!

Sally
Sally
4 months ago
Reply to  laura

And so is mine

Laura Hebert
Laura Hebert
4 months ago
Reply to  laura

That is my name Laura

Bonnie
Bonnie
5 months ago

Do you ever look at the list and try to figure out which one is going to be the problem child of the season? Who would have ever of thought Sandy would have been the Northeast’s worst nightmare?

Austin Schumaker
Austin Schumaker
5 months ago

Has Austin ever made it?

DONIQKA BANKS-PACKER
DONIQKA BANKS-PACKER
5 months ago

Yes

Deejaegh Beck
Deejaegh Beck
7 months ago

What about Deejaegh Ceejay or Eljaegh for hurricane names

Mike
Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Deejaegh Beck

They use real names.., not stupid made up shit.

Danny Davis
Danny Davis
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

What about La – Ha
Pronouced “LaDasha”..
The Dash don’t be silent.

Meme
Meme
4 months ago
Reply to  Danny Davis

Danny someone named their child this! It was horrible as this name was in a suit

Patrick
Patrick
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Isaias begs to difer

Renée
Renée
5 months ago
Reply to  Patrick

I didn’t like that name – difficult to remember how to pronounce & spell. Just too weird.

Fuck you Mike
Fuck you Mike
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Your stupid made up shit, bitch.

Jacob Youngblood
Jacob Youngblood
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

They are real names, just spelled differently. So don’t be a bitch.

Courtney
Courtney
4 months ago
Reply to  Deejaegh Beck

I like those names and Courtney

RayLan
RayLan
7 months ago

I meant Corona. Stupid spellcheck.

RayLan
RayLan
7 months ago

This year’s “c” name should have been Corina.

DUNCUS
DUNCUS
7 months ago

I THINK HURRICANE BLAKE SAM ADRIAN PLEASE. PLEASE RESPOND WHEN CONFIRMED. BLESS.

Sharkeisha
Sharkeisha
7 months ago

No guys lets all just calm down! We need a better name, how about Sharkeisha! You know it’s a storm, water, ocean, and shark!

Karen Smith
Karen Smith
7 months ago
Reply to  Sharkeisha

I don’t think this name is appropriate for TV.

Renée
Renée
5 months ago
Reply to  Sharkeisha

LOL
You have a point with the SHARK connected to your name. ❤️

Ana
Ana
7 months ago

You should use one of my names, Socorro. Thank you

A Randm Farmr
A Randm Farmr
5 months ago
Reply to  Ana

One of? How many do you have?

CoonMama
CoonMama
7 months ago

With ALL the names out there, why in the world would they be recycled? How about Pamela, Suzanne, Valerie or Elizabeth?
How about some unique, but easy to say; names?

Patrick
Patrick
5 months ago
Reply to  CoonMama

Perhaps some of those names are in the reserves for when a current name is retired, right?

Hannah
Hannah
7 months ago

My name made it on there but there’s no h at the end

Jessica Rappazini
Jessica Rappazini
7 months ago

Here are some names to use if you need to retire any storms.:Jessica, Shaylynne, EJ, Tyler, Dean

Joshua
Joshua
7 months ago

JOSH would be a great one. Joshua if moms mad

Kenzi
Kenzi
7 months ago

Spartacus

Skylar
Skylar
7 months ago

Akuma or Kemono would be really cool!!!

Janell Couturier
Janell Couturier
7 months ago

Please add Autymn to your list of names.

Hallo
Hallo
4 months ago

You know that they’re not in charge of putting names on the list, right? That’s the national hurricane center’s job.

Janell Couturier
Janell Couturier
7 months ago

Why don’t you use the name Jannelle?

Rosie Garza
Rosie Garza
7 months ago

I’ve never seen ROSIE make the list. Would be interesting.

Renée
Renée
5 months ago
Reply to  Rosie Garza

I LOVE ❤️ ROSIE!
It was my MALTESE’S nickname (Rosebud: may she rest in peace ) Rosie is awesome!

Angie
Angie
7 months ago

I always look to see if my name made it , Angie, but never did I far as I can see
Has it?

Kamora
Kamora
4 months ago
Reply to  Susan Higgins

You should add Hurricane Kamora

Tim
Tim
5 months ago
Reply to  Angie

Angie’s list

Renée
Renée
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

LOL

Andrea Calonge
Andrea Calonge
7 months ago

Please add a Bear or Dov named Hurricane. Same name!

Andrea Calonge
Andrea Calonge
7 months ago

Please ad a Bear or Dov named Hurricane! Same name!

Mildred
Mildred
7 months ago

How about Mildred

Skye
Skye
8 months ago

Please add a Hurricane or Tropical storm Skye!!!

Ms. Vicky
Ms. Vicky
8 months ago

2 names that I would love to see make it in the list for future names either in the Pacific or Atlantic waters would be: Alia & Hera.

Dwala Moreau
Dwala Moreau
8 months ago

How can I get my name on the Hurricane List?

Renée
Renée
4 months ago
Reply to  Susan Higgins

What about: Renée?
THIS year they have the MALE version of the spelling of it (2020 – Rene).

Do you think they can do the FEMALE spelling with the proper: ACUTE ACCENT ( ´ ) – WHICH is the FRENCH way, my parents named me? It is spelled that way on my birth certificate. ❤️ .

I just hope the MALE version of my name isn’t set in stone. Renée – RENÉE – Renée

Beezuz
Beezuz
4 months ago
Reply to  Susan Higgins

Yes, that is true, but when a name has been retired, a new name is chosen for that letter to replace it. Everyone can dream about their name eventually making the list. We know it can take a really long time. Quit making people feel like they can’t have ideas or thoughts that aren’t as educated as you believe yours are.

jicama
jicama
8 months ago

no Jicama is a good name

Rompope
Rompope
8 months ago
Reply to  jicama

okay I guess that would be a good one but what if we change it to, Rompope

Ms. Vicky
Ms. Vicky
8 months ago
Reply to  jicama

I think that it should be changed some years to have all male names on one coast waters and the other coast female.

Faris Wald
Faris Wald
8 months ago

Admin Note: The following was a strange comment to post given the topic, but it’s still relevant to hurricanes and may be informative to those that are interested in learning how these hurricanes may form.

In 1933, Julius Bartels, a geophysicist, hypothesized that magnetic regions on the sun rotated with a high 27-day recurrence tendency. Today the magnetic regions are associated with Solar Coronal Holes and their associated solar wind, where the 27-day rotation noted by Bartels represents the period of rotation of the sun as viewed from Earth.

The material presented within my high school science fair titled, “The Effect of 27-Day Solar Rotation on Worldwide Accumulated Cyclone Energy,” which was submitted for the JSHS Southwest Regional Symposium in March of 2020, shows a sudden commencement of Accumulated Cyclone Energy immediately following the Bartels’ Rotation Dates for 2019. For 2020 these dates are: April 24, 2020; May 21, 2020; June 17, 2020; July 14, 2020; August 10, 2020; September 6, 2020; October 3, 2020; and November 26, 2020.

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Based on the results of my research, Bartels’ Rotation Dates can be used to forecast positive ramp increases in Accumulated Cyclone Energy during periods of little to no solar flaring (i.e. the Grand Solar Minimum).

The arrival of 2020’s first tropical depression, 1-E, on April 24th, 2020 is not a surprise! Please watch my 10 minute Youtube video and see for yourself. (note Figure 1. specifically).

Faris
Santa Fe, NM

Grace Lameyer
Grace Lameyer
6 months ago
Reply to  Faris Wald

What a smarty pants you are, my dear! Bravado. Your parents and teachers must be so proud. Thank you for sharing.

Carter
Carter
9 months ago

Hurricane Carter would be awesome considering it’s probably the best name in the world.

jrniintr
jrniintr
9 months ago
Reply to  Carter

no jrniintr is the best in the world

Heck
Heck
4 months ago
Reply to  jrniintr

WTH no lol

Mikey
Mikey
9 months ago

You should do Hurricane Zoe or Eliza or Makayla if you want to.

Tais
Tais
9 months ago

My name is Tais and it is Brazilian. Very tropical and very appropriate for a hurricane in my opinion.

Payge
Payge
9 months ago

You should name a hurricane , payge if you have any spots left !!