Atlantic Tropical Storm Names

Atlantic Tropical Storm Names 2.0

Each year, the Atlantic Tropical Storm Names are announced and these names are assigned to storms as they form during the June – November hurricane season. Storms that form before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic Tropical Storm season also use these names. When the full list of twenty-one names is used in any one season, additional storms are given names from the Greek Alphabet.

Atlantic Tropical Storm Names

Tropical storm names are repeated every six years. However, if a season has a particularly devastating storm, that name is retired from the list.

2019 Tropical Storm Names

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy

2018 Tropical Storm Names

Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helen Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sara Tony Valerie William

2017 Tropical Storm Names

Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney

2016 Tropical Storm Names

Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, Walter

2015 Tropical Storm Names

Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda

2014 Tropical Storm Names

Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred

2015 Tropical Storm Names

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy

2012 Tropical Storm Names

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, William

2011 Tropical Storm Names

Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney

2010 Tropical Storm Names

Alex; Bonnie; Colin; Danielle; Earl; Fiona; Gaston; Hermine; Igor; Julia; Karl; Lisa; Matthew; Nicole; Otto; Paula; Richard; Shary; Tomas; Virginie; Walter

2009 Tropical Storm Names

Ana; Bill; Claudette; Danny; Erika; Fred; Grace; Henri; Ida; Joaquin; Kate; Larry; Mindy; Nicholas; Odette; Peter; Rose; Sam; Teresa; Victor; Wanda

2008 Tropical Storm Names

Arthur; Bertha; Cristobal; Dolly; Edouard; Fay; Gustav; Hanna; Ike; Josephine; Kyle; Laura; Marco; Nana; Omar; Paloma; Rene; Sally; Teddy; Vicky; Wilfred

Why Do We Name Tropical Storms?

In earlier times, tropical storms were unceremoniously named after places they hit, christian saints or events that occurred around the time of the storm. This was in an effort to identify the storm for reference purposes. Storms were essentially given names so that they can be easily identified. In the past, before storms were named, there was confusion when referring to storms occurring simultaneously in different areas. This practice now allows information to be shared more accurately, and it reduces any chances of error when referring to a particular storm.

References:

National Hurricane Centre: Tropical Cyclone Naming History and Retired Names
National Ocean Service: Why do we name tropical storms and hurricanes?
Weather Underground: Atlantic Storms Retired Into Hurricane History

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