Here is the complete list of hurricane names for the 2024 season

Here is the complete list of hurricane names for the 2024 season, The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts next week and the list of 2024 hurricane names ranges from Alberto to William.

All hurricanes and tropical storms have a predetermined name determined by the World Meteorological Organization before the season starts.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and runs until the end of November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an “above average” hurricane season for 2024, with 17 to 25 named storms, 8 to 13 hurricanes and 4 to 7 major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.

“Note that the forecast for named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes is the highest NOAA has ever issued for the May outlook,” said NOAA Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad.

The list of hurricane names for 2024

Here are the storm names for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season.

These names can be applied to hurricanestropical storms and other systems that originate in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Francine
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Joyce
  • Kirk
  • Leslie
  • Milton
  • Nadine
  • Oscar
  • Patty
  • Raphael
  • Sara
  • Tara
  • Valerie
  • William

There are six alphabetical lists of names that are rotated every six years so that the names used in 2024 are used again in 2030.

The last time this list was used was in 2018.

The organization also has an additional list of storm names that will be used if the alphabetical names run out. That has only happened twice in the past fifteen years. Experts have warned about this before climate change could cause increase in hurricane intensity and other severe storms.

The list of hurricane names from the 2023 season

According to the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, there were nineteen named storms in the region National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The named storms during the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season were:

  • Tropical Storm Arlene
  • Tropical Storm Bret
  • Tropical Storm Cindy
  • Hurricane Don
  • Tropical storm Gert
  • Tropical Storm Emily
  • Hurricane Franklin
  • Tropical Storm Harold
  • Hurricane Idalia
  • Tropical Storm José
  • Tropical Storm Katia
  • Hurricane Lee
  • Hurricane Margot
  • Hurricane Nigel
  • Tropical Storm Ophelia
  • Tropical Storm Philippe
  • Tropical Storm Rina
  • Tropical Storm Sean
  • Hurricane Tammy

The list of retired hurricane names

Occasionally storm names are retired and replaced. Normally, that only happens if a storm is so “deadly or costly that future use of the name for another storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity.” This is reported by the National Hurricane Center.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, 94 names are retired since 1953. Some of the most notable retired names include:

  • Katrina, who subsequently retired Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005;
  • Irene, who subsequently retired Hurricane Irene affected much of the Caribbean and the east coast in 2011;
  • Sandy, na Hurricane Sandythe largest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded by diameter hit the East Coast in 2012;
  • Harvey, who subsequently retired Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Louisiana in 2017;
  • Irma, who subsequently retired Hurricane Irma caused widespread destruction in Florida in 2017;
  • Maria, who subsequently retired Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017;
  • Ida, who subsequently retired Hurricane IdaLouisiana was hit by the second most damaging and intense hurricane to make landfall in the US

How hurricanes get their names

The predetermined list of storms names are relatively new. Previously, names were chosen more randomly, but using pre-assigned titles allows meteorologists and the public to keep an eye on storms.

Previously, storms were named after the event and usually in connection with something that happened during the incident: for example, a storm that hit a boat named Antje and destroyed the mast was called ‘Antje’s hurricane’. Others may be known by the area they hit.

The National Hurricane Center began using name lists in 1953. Initially, storms were only categorized with women’s names. In 1979, the lists began using alternating women’s and men’s names. That is also when the six current lists entered the rotation.

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