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2020 Hurricane Names For The Season

2020 Hurricane Names For The Season

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?

Scroll down to see the hurricane names for the 2020 season

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 (After 2019, Dorian will most likely be added to the list of retired names).

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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.

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:

These names were recycled from the 2014 season. Did your name make the list?

  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

List of 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Names:

These names were recycled from the 2013 season. 

  1. Andrea
  2. Barry
  3. Chantal
  4. Dorian
  5. Erin
  6. Fernand
  7. Gabrielle
  8. Humberto
  9. Imelda
  10. Jerry
  11. Karen
  12. Lorenzo
  13. Melissa
  14. Nestor
  15. Olga
  16. Pablo
  17. Rebekah
  18. Sebastien 
  19. Tanya
  20. Van
  21. Wendy

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  • DUNCUS says:

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

  • Sharkeisha says:

    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!

  • Ana says:

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

  • CoonMama says:

    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?

  • Hannah says:

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

  • Jessica Rappazini says:

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

  • Joshua says:

    JOSH would be a great one. Joshua if moms mad

  • Kenzi says:

    Spartacus

  • Skylar says:

    Akuma or Kemono would be really cool!!!

  • Janell Couturier says:

    Please add Autymn to your list of names.

  • Janell Couturier says:

    Why don’t you use the name Jannelle?

  • Rosie Garza says:

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

  • Angie says:

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

    • Susan Higgins says:

      Angie, and keep in mind they recycle the names every 6 years so you’ll see some again and again if you’ve been following them for a while.

  • Andrea Calonge says:

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

  • Andrea Calonge says:

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

  • Mildred says:

    How about Mildred

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