Jun 3, 2024 - News

👋 Hi, my name is 2024 Atlantic hurricanes

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Wondering if your name is on this year's Atlantic hurricane season list?

  • We've got you covered.

Zoom in: Here's this year's list.

  • Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Francine, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Milton, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie and William.
  • If the season exhausts that list, we move on to World Meteorological Organization-approved supplemental names instead of Greek letters, as used to be the standard.

Flashback: Before the U.S. started naming storms in 1953, it just used years and the order they arrived to differentiate between them.

  • At first, only women's names were used (rude), but men's names entered the mix by 1978, according to NOAA.

Between the lines: The WMO uses a list of names that rotates every six years, but it will retire names if the storm damage is severe enough.

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