There is only 1 more name left on the 2020 Tropical Storm/Hurricane List

Then we switch over to Greek letters

Tropical Storm and Hurricane name list almost finished already

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - We are at the typical midpoint of hurricane season, and we’ve already almost run out of names. Tropical Storm Vicky just formed Monday morning and it’s the earliest named 20th storm on record. This year is rivaling 2005 which had 27 storms named (6 were named after Greek letters) and 15 hurricanes.

The only name we have not used yet is Wilfred.

Only one name remains unused on the 2020 list of tropical storm and hurricane names.
Only one name remains unused on the 2020 list of tropical storm and hurricane names. (Source: WWBT)

When we’re done with the list, the storms will be named with Greek letters.

It is likely that the National Hurricane Center will have to use the Greek alphabet for tropical storms and hurricanes in 2020.
It is likely that the National Hurricane Center will have to use the Greek alphabet for tropical storms and hurricanes in 2020. (Source: WWBT)

If you look at the 2020 list, you’ll see that there are no Q, U, X, Y, or Z names on the list. Also, the list of names repeats every six years and it’s maintained by the World Meteorological Organization. The name doesn’t repeat exactly every six years-- sometimes a name gets retired.

“The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the committee (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it.”

Here’s the list of retired names, including Virginia notables like Camille, Agnes, Floyd, Isabel, and Irene.

A list of names retired from the Tropical Storm/Hurricane list. Full of storms that were notorious for death and damage
A list of names retired from the Tropical Storm/Hurricane list. Full of storms that were notorious for death and damage (Source: nhc)

There are different lists for other ocean basins: Check out the full list here and learn more about naming from the National Hurricane Center

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