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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? Read on to find out!

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

Greek Alphabet—first 8 letters

  1. alpha
  2. beta
  3. gamma
  4. delta
  5. epsilon
  6. zeta
  7. eta
  8. theta
Satellite images of storms forming in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Storm Wilfred is the last named storm of the 2020 season using the English alphabet. Image Courtesy of NOAA.

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).

hurricane quiz

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 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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  • kendall says:

    they should name a hurricane kendall

  • Audrey says:

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

  • brennan says:

    brennan is a good namr

  • Grayson says:

    Is there a Grayson hurricane?

  • Emery says:

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

  • Brenda says:

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

  • kamdyn says:

    crazy how many hurricanes are coming.

  • Jeroldincitruspark says:

    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 says:

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

  • Laura Clemon says:

    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 says:

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

  • Bernadette says:

    Consider the names Karé (ka-RAY) or Corey

    • Jean says:

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

  • Sunchipz says:

    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 says:

    Hurricane Karen!!

  • Teddy says:

    My names in this year!

  • Bonnie says:

    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 says:

    Has Austin ever made it?

  • Deejaegh Beck says:

    What about Deejaegh Ceejay or Eljaegh for hurricane names

  • RayLan says:

    I meant Corona. Stupid spellcheck.

  • RayLan says:

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

  • DUNCUS says:


  • 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:


  • Skylar says:

    Akuma or Kemono would be really cool!!!

  • Janell Couturier says:

    Please add Autymn to your list of names.

    • Hallo says:

      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 says:

    Why don’t you use the name Jannelle?

  • Rosie Garza says:

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

    • Renée says:

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

  • Angie says:

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

  • 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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