FAQ: Who picks hurricane names?

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FAQ: Who picks hurricane names?

Postby hurricane » Fri May 25, 2018 7:22 pm

In 1953, the United States started using female names for storms. Both male and female names were used to identify Northern Pacific storms by 1978. In 1979, this was adopted for storms in the Atlantic basin.

The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center does not control the naming of tropical storms, they are controlled by the World Meteorological Organization. A list of male and female names are used on a six-year rotation for Atlantic Hurricanes. The only time that changes is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of this name on a different storm would be inappropriate. In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in a season, any additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet.

Note that they don't use names that begin with the following letters:

More info can be found here:
https://public.wmo.int/en/About-us/FAQs ... one-naming

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