12 May What’s in a name? 2018 Hurricane Season Storm Names
The National Hurricane Center has been assigning names to tropical storms and hurricanes since 1953. The lists are prepared well in advance and these days they maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.
If you’re picturing a bunch of scientists and weather experts sitting down together around a big conference table and debating the merits of one name or another, think again. In reality, there are only six lists of names. That means, six years from now – in 2024 –we’ll be looking at the same list we’re seeing this year.
As you probably know, sometimes a name will be retired. Nobody wants to be reminded of a storm that took lives or caused extensive damage. Following the record-breaking hurricane season of 2017, you won’t have to worry about seeing these names again:
- In 2017 year, as you’ll recall Hurricane Harvey brought record-breaking rainfall and flooding to southeastern Texas and Louisiana that caused nearly $125 billion of damage. It was the first Category 4 storm to pummel the U.S. in almost 15 years. And it was the second most costly storm on record.
- You’ll also be happy to know that you’ll never have to sit in front of your television as our local forecasters track another Hurricane Irma as it approaches South Florida. Like Harvey, Irma, which was another Category 4 hurricane, has been taken off the list.
- It didn’t even take two weeks for another – and an even more devastating hurricane – to form. The name Maria was given to the hurricane that caused catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands. As the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, the name Maria definitely qualifies for retirement.
The names chosen to replace them, which were selected at a meeting of the World Meteorological Organization are: Harold, Idalia and Margot. Don’t worry, the WMO didn’t call a special meeting just to pick those names. It was done at their annual meeting.
The list of names is organized alphabetically, but not all of the letters are represented. The WMO meeting would probably still be going on if they had to come up with a minimum of six names starting with Q, U, X, Y and Z.
If you were living in the wide area where Master Builders’ expert teams install hurricane impact windows and hurricane doors during the memorable 2005 hurricane season, then you might recall that if we get all the way through the list of assigned names, letters from the Greek alphabet are used. Before Hurricane Wilma even made her devastating march up Florida’s east coast, Hurricane Alpha had already formed.
The names assigned for 2018 are:
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