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Hurricanes and their Names

Hurricanes are classified in a number of ways, from its category to how much or how little destruction it leaves behind, but one aspect that always makes a hurricane unique is its name. In this article, we’ll discuss how names are chosen for hurricanes and why you might see repeats.


Hurricanes began to be named in 1953 to avoid confusion between citizens in case of multiple hurricanes at the same time. In order to qualify for a name, the storm must have sustained winds at 39 mph with that storm only being recognized as a hurricane when it reaches speeds of 74 mph. These names are decided by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that makes the list of names for not only Atlantic storms but also a list for the Pacific and other regions.


Initially in 1953 only female names were used for Atlantic storms with male names only being added to the roster in 1979. If a storm is deadly or costly enough however, the name is retired, one example being Ida in 2021. If not retired these names are recycled every six years, so any name used this year can be repeated in 2028.


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