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Do We Have Enough Names for This Year’s Active Hurricane Season?

10 Oct 2017, 7:06 pm

The 2017 tropical cyclone season has been a busy one with the latest storm Ophelia bring the total named storms so far to fifteen.  

Right now, we are almost two months out from the official end of hurricane season with only six names left on the list to use.  There is a real possibility that we could run out of names from the 2017 list this year, but that’s OK, there’s a plan for that.

Tropical climatology

The tropical season of 2005 was very active and we ran out of names that year.  When that happens the National Hurricane Center will use the Greek alphabet : Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta…etc.

In 2005 we had a similar list to 2017, but since then a few names have been retired and replaced.  The last name on the list in 2005 was Wilma and after that we named 6 more storms, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta.  

The last name on the Atlantic list this year is Whitney and if we need it the Greek alphabet is at the ready for additional storms.


Mike Morrison

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