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Hurricane Season Begins – 2021 Names

Learn how hurricanes are named, and see the names for the 2021 season. Did yours make the list?

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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The names now 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 World Meteorological Organization used to use letters of the Greek alphabet.

No More Greek Alphabet Names

As of March 17, 2021, the Greek alphabet will no longer be used, and an auxiliary list of names will be used. The WMO said the Greek alphabet will no longer be used for the following reasons:

  • Can be too much focus on the names rather than the storm’s impacts.
  • Confusion with translation to other languages that are impacted by Atlantic storms.
  • Pronunciation and order in succession. Similar sounding names, Zeta, Theta, Eta, created challenges in communication.
  • There is no formal plan to retire Greek names. The 2020 hurricane season was the first in which Greek names were retired. Reuse of those names would be inappropriate.

The year 2020 was the most active for hurricanes. There were 30 named storms (beating the record of 28 in 2005).

Retired Hurricane Names

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

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
2019: Dorian
2020: Laura (Eta, Iota as Greek alphabet will no longer be 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.

Satellite view of Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean.

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. Kappa
  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

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LaDonna Payne

What about Hurricane LaDonna? It’s a very unique name…

jared

rouster

Darla J Woodland

How about a Darla or Lanna or Woody

George Neville John Hart

Watch storm

Robyn

Robyn

Robyn

Robyn. Paige

Bella

what about Hurricane Bella

Myrtle R Voss

Hurricane Myrtle, would be awesome…

Banber

How about hurricane Ava?

Bella Davisson

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

Paul

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

kendall

they should name a hurricane kendall

Audrey

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

brennan

brennan is a good namr

karl

yes it is

emery

your name is common

Grayson

Is there a Grayson hurricane?

Emery

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

Brenda

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

kamdyn

crazy how many hurricanes are coming.

Jeroldincitruspark

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

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

Laura Clemon

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

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

Bernadette

Consider the names Karé (ka-RAY) or Corey

Jean

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

Sunchipz

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

Hurricane Karen!!

Teddy

My names in this year!

laura

So is mine!

Sally

And so is mine

Laura Hebert

That is my name Laura

Bonnie

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

Has Austin ever made it?

DONIQKA BANKS-PACKER

Yes

Deejaegh Beck

What about Deejaegh Ceejay or Eljaegh for hurricane names

Mike

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

Danny Davis

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

Meme

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

Patrick

Isaias begs to difer

Renée

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

Fuck you Mike

Your stupid made up shit, bitch.

Jacob Youngblood

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

Courtney

I like those names and Courtney

RayLan

I meant Corona. Stupid spellcheck.

RayLan

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

DUNCUS

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

Sharkeisha

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

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

Renée

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

Ana

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

A Randm Farmr

One of? How many do you have?

CoonMama

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

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

Hannah

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

Jessica Rappazini

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

Joshua

JOSH would be a great one. Joshua if moms mad

Kenzi

Spartacus

Skylar

Akuma or Kemono would be really cool!!!

Janell Couturier

Please add Autymn to your list of names.

Hallo

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

Why don’t you use the name Jannelle?

Rosie Garza

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

Renée

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

Angie

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

Kamora

You should add Hurricane Kamora

Tim

Angie’s list

Renée

LOL

Andrea Calonge

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

Andrea Calonge

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

Mildred

How about Mildred

Skye

Please add a Hurricane or Tropical storm Skye!!!

Ms. Vicky

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

How can I get my name on the Hurricane List?

Renée

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

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.

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