Names of Atlantic Hurricanes

The practice of giving the names of persons to severe storms apparently began in Australia in the 19th century, when Clement L. Wragge gave Biblical names to eastern Pacific hurricanes. It is said that during World War II, U.S. Army meteorologists began to name hurricanes using women's names, but we have not been able to find these names. In the early 1950's, the storms were named in alphabetical order using the military phonetic code for the letters of the alphabet. In 1953 the code was replaced by an alphabetical list of women's names. By 1963 the U. S. National Weather Service had adopted an annual alphabetical list of women's names. Major changes were made in 1979:

Names are English, Spanish or French, and names beginning with "Q", "U", "X", "Y" or “Z” are not used.

Any nation affected by a devastating hurricane can ask the WMO to retire the name of that hurricane. A retired name cannot be used for at least ten years. Retiring the name spares the feelings of persons affected by the storm and avoids confusion in legal claims, insurance, historical references, and so on. In the chart below names that have been retired for this reason are shown in pink.

From time to time names that were not those of a severe storm have been retired.

Most users will have to scroll right to see the whole chart. Our apologies.

 

2012 Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William           2012
2011 Arlene Bret Cindy Don Emily Franklin Gert Harvey Irene Jose Katia Lee Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rina Sean Tammy Vince Whitney           2011
2010 Alex Bonnie Colin Danielle Earl Fiona Gaston Hermine Igor Julia Karl Lisa Matthew Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter           2010
2009 Ana Bill Claudette Danny Erika Fred Grace Henri Ida Joaquin Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda           2009
2008 Arthur Bertha Cristobal Dolly Edouard Fay Gustav Hanna Ike Josephine Kyle Laura Marco Nana Omar Paloma Rene Sally Teddy Vicky Wilfred           2008
2007 Andrea Barry Chantal Dean Erin Felix Gabrielle Humberto Ingrid Jerry Karen Lorenzo Melissa Noel Olga Pablo Rebekah Sebastien Tanya Van Wendy           2007
2006 Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William           2006
2005 Arlene Bret Cindy Dennis Emily Franklin Gert Harvey Irene Jose Katrina Lee Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rita Stan Tammy Vince Wilma alpha beta gamma delta epsilon 2005
2004 Alex Bonnie Charley Danielle Earl Frances Gaston Hermine Ivan Jeanne Karl Lisa Matthew Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter           2004
2003 Ana Bill Claudette Danny Erika Fabian Grace Henri Isabel Juan Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda           2003
2002 Arthur Bertha Cristobal Dolly Edouard Fay Gustav Hanna Isidore Josephine Kyle Lili Marco Nana Omar Paloma Rene Sally Teddy Vicky Wilfred           2002
2001 Allison Barry Chantal Dean Erin Felix Gabrielle Humberto Iris Jerry Karen Lorenzo Michelle Noel Olga Pablo Rebekah Sebastien Tanya Van Wendy           2001
2000 Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Keith Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William           2000
1999 Arlene Bret Cindy Dennis Emily Floyd Gert Harvey Irene Jose Katrina Lenny Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rita Stan Tammy Vince Wilma           1999
1998 Alex Bonnie Charley Danielle Earl Frances Georges Hermine Ivan Jeanne Karl Lisa Mitch Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter           1998
1997 Ana Bill Claudette Danny Erika Fabian Grace Henri Isabel Juan Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda           1997
1996 Arthur Bertha Cesar Dolly Edouard Fran Gustav Hortense Isidore Josephine Kyle Lili Marco Nana Omar Paloma Rene Sally Teddy Vicky Wilfred           1996
1995 Allison Barry Chantal Dean Erin Felix Gabrielle Humberto Iris Jerry Karen Luis Marilyn Noel Opal Pablo Roxanne Sebastien Tanya Van Wendy           1995
1994 Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Keith Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William           1994
1993 Arlene Bret Cindy Dennis Emily Floyd Gert Harvey Irene Jose Katrina Lenny Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rita Stan Tammy Vince Wilma           1993
1992 Andrew Bonnie Charley Danielle Earl Frances Georges Hermine Ivan Jeanne Karl Lisa Mitch Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter           1992
1991 Ana Bob Claudette Danny Erika Fabian Grace Henri Isabel Juan Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda           1991
1990 Arthur Bertha Cesar Diana Edouard Fran Gustav Hortense Isidore Josephine Klaus Lili Marco Nana Omar Paloma Rene Sally Teddy Vicky Wilfred           1990
1989 Allison Barry Chantal Dean Erin Felix Gabrielle Hugo Iris Jerry Karen Luis Marilyn Noel Opal Pablo Roxanne Sebastien Tanya Van Wendy           1989
1988 Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gilbert Helene Isaac Joan Keith Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William           1988
1987 Arlene Bret Cindy Dennis Emily Floyd Gert Harvey Irene Jose Katrina Lenny Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rita Stan Tammy Vince Wilma           1987
1986 Andrew Bonnie Charley Danielle Earl Frances Georges Hermine Ivan Jeanne Karl Lisa Mitch Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter           1986
1985 Ana Bob Claudette Danny Elena Fabian Gloria Henri Isabel Juan Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda           1985
1984 Arthur Bertha Cesar Diana Edouard Fran Gustav Hortense Isidore Josephine Klaus Lili Marco Nana Omar Paloma Rene Sally Teddy Vicky Wilfred           1984
1983 Alicia Barry Chantal Dean Erin Felix Gabrielle Hugo Iris Jerry Karen Luis Marilyn Noel Opal Pablo Roxanne Sebastien Tanya Van Wendy           1983
1982 Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gilbert Helene Isaac Joan Keith Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William           1982
1981 Arlene Bret Cindy Dennis Emily Floyd Gert Harvey Irene Jose Katrina Lenny Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rita Stan Tammy Vince Wilma           1981
1980 Allen Bonnie Charley Danielle Earl Frances Georges Hermine Ivan Jeanne Karl Lisa Mitch Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter           1980
1979 Ana Bob Claudette David Elena Frederic Gloria Henri Isabel Juan Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda           1979
1978 Amelia Bess Cora Debra Ella Flossie Greta Hope Irma Juliet Kendra                               1978
1977 Anita Babe Clara Dorothy Evelyn Frieda                                         1977
1976 Anna Belle Candice Dottie Emmy Frances Gloria Holly                                     1976
1975 Amy Blanche Caroline Doris Eloise Fay Gladys Hallie                                     1975
1974 Alma Becky Carmen Dolly Elaine Fifi Gertrude                                       1974
19731 Alice Brenda Christine Delia Ellen Fran Gilda                                       1973
19722 Agnes Betty Carrie Dawn                                             1972
1971 Arlene Beth Chloe Doria Edith Fern Ginger Heidi Irene Janice Kristy Laura                             1971
1970 Alma Becky Celia Dorothy Ella Felice Greta                                       1970
1969 Anna Blance Camille Debbie Eve Francelia Gerda Holly Inga Jenny Kara Laurie Martha                           1969
1968 Abby Brenda Candy Dolly Edna Frances Gladys                                       1968
1967 Arlene Beulah Chloe Doria Edith Fern Ginger Heidi                                     1967
1966 Alma Becky Celia Dorothy Ella Faith Greta Hallie Inez Judith   Lois                             1966
1965 Anna Betsy Carol Debbie Elena                                           1965
1964 Abby Brenda Cleo Dora Ethel Florence Gladys Hilda Isbell                                   1964
1963 Arlene Beulah Cindy Debra Edith Flora Ginny Helena                                     1963
1962 Alma Becky Celia Daisy Ella                                           1962
1961 Anna Betsy Carla Debbie Esther Frances Gerda Hattie Inga Jenny                                 1961
1960 Abby Brenda Cleo Donna Ethel Florence                                         1960
1959 Arlene Beulah Cindy Debra Edith Flora Gracie Hannah Irene Judith                                 1959
1958 Alma Becky Cleo Daisy Ella Fifi Gerda Helene Ilsa Janice                                 1958
1957 Audrey Bertha Carrie Debbie Esther Frieda                                         1957
1956 Anna Betsy Carla Dora Ethel Flossy Greta                                       1956
1955 Alice Brenda Connie Diane Edith Flora Gladys Hilda Ione Janet Katie                               1955
1954 Alice Barbara Carol Dolly Edna Florence Gilda Hazel                                     1954
1953 Alice Barbara Carol Dolly Edna Florence Gail Hazel                                     1953
1952 Able Baker Charlie Dog Easy Fox George How Item Jig King Love                             1952
1951 Able Baker Charlie Dog Easy Fox George How Item Jig                                 1951
1950 Able Baker Charlie Dog Easy Fox George How Item Jig King Love                             1950

Notes

1. The second hurricane in 1973, following Alice, was named Delta.

2. A second set of names was used concurrently in 1972: Alpha, Charlie, Delta.

Resources

An alphabetical list of retired names can be found at www.nhc.noaa.gov/retired names.shtml

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