Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Since 1953 severe North Atlantic storms have been assigned human names by the National Hurricane Center. According to the NHC, this is done because "the use of short, distinctive names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error than the older, more cumbersome latitude-longitude identification methods."

From 1953 to 1978 storms were given feminine names, in alphabetic order starting with the letter A each new year (the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used). In 1979 an alternating masculine-feminine alphabetic naming scheme was introduced. Also in this year a set of six lists were standardized, to be used in rotation every six years. However, the name of a particularly destructive hurricane could be retired and replaced with a new name.

The list below only includes human names given to North Atlantic storms. This excludes anything except tropical storms (winds between 62 and 117 km/h) and hurricanes (winds above 117 km/h), since lesser storms are not named. Also excluded are storms named for Greek letters, which occurs when the alphabet has been exhausted in a particular year. This happened for the first time in 2005.

It should be noted that storms in other regions are also given names (for example, storms in the North Pacific have Hawaiian names), but these are not included in the list below.

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Arlene3 hurricanes, 8 storms11
Cindy3 hurricanes, 6 storms9
Florence6 hurricanes, 3 storms9
Dolly5 hurricanes, 3 storms8
Frances6 hurricanes, 2 storms8
Ana7 storms7
Bertha4 hurricanes, 3 storms7
Bonnie4 hurricanes, 3 storms7
Bret1 hurricane, 6 storms7
Claudette3 hurricanes, 4 storms7
Danielle3 hurricanes, 4 storms7
Earl5 hurricanes, 2 storms7
Emily4 hurricanes, 3 storms7
Alberto2 hurricanes, 4 storms6
Arthur1 hurricane, 5 storms6
Barry1 hurricane, 5 storms6
Beryl6 storms6
Chantal2 hurricanes, 4 storms6
Chris2 hurricanes, 4 storms6
Danny4 hurricanes, 2 storms6
Debby3 hurricanes, 3 storms6
Edouard2 hurricanes, 4 storms6
Ernesto2 hurricanes, 4 storms6
Gert4 hurricanes, 2 storms6
Harvey3 hurricanes, 3 storms6
Irene5 hurricanes, 1 storm6
Alma3 hurricanes, 2 storms5
Anna3 hurricanes, 2 storms5
Becky2 hurricanes, 3 storms5
Brenda2 hurricanes, 3 storms5
Charley4 hurricanes, 1 storm5
Dean2 hurricanes, 3 storms5
Dennis3 hurricanes, 2 storms5
Edith3 hurricanes, 2 storms5
Ella4 hurricanes, 1 storm5
Erika2 hurricanes, 3 storms5
Erin3 hurricanes, 2 storms5
Gabrielle2 hurricanes, 3 storms5
Grace1 hurricane, 4 storms5
Gustav3 hurricanes, 2 storms5
Helene3 hurricanes, 2 storms5
Henri1 hurricane, 4 storms5
Hermine1 hurricane, 4 storms5
Jerry1 hurricane, 4 storms5
Jose2 hurricanes, 3 storms5
Josephine2 hurricanes, 3 storms5
Karen2 hurricanes, 3 storms5
Karl4 hurricanes, 1 storm5
Alex3 hurricanes, 1 storm4
Alice3 hurricanes, 1 storm4
Bill2 hurricanes, 2 storms4
Debbie2 hurricanes, 2 storms4
Fabian1 hurricane, 3 storms4
Felix4 hurricanes4
Floyd4 hurricanes4
Fran2 hurricanes, 2 storms4
Gladys4 hurricanes4
Gordon4 hurricanes4
Greta2 hurricanes, 2 storms4
Humberto4 hurricanes4
Isaac3 hurricanes, 1 storm4
Isidore3 hurricanes, 1 storm4
Lili4 hurricanes4
Lisa3 hurricanes, 1 storm4
Nicole2 hurricanes, 2 storms4
Abby2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Allison1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Betsy3 hurricanes3
Beulah2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Bob3 hurricanes3
Carol3 hurricanes3
Celia2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Cesar1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Cleo3 hurricanes3
Cristobal1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Debra2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Dorothy2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Edna2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Elena2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Ethel2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Fay1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Flora3 hurricanes3
Franklin1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Gaston2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Gerda1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Gloria3 hurricanes3
Hanna1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Hortense2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Iris2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Ivan3 hurricanes3
Jeanne3 hurricanes3
Kate3 hurricanes3
Katrina2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Kyle2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Lee1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Lorenzo1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Marco1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Maria3 hurricanes3
Matthew1 hurricane, 2 storms3
Nate3 hurricanes3
Noel3 hurricanes3
Ophelia3 hurricanes3
Otto2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Philippe2 hurricanes, 1 storm3
Andrea2 storms2
Andrew1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Barbara1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Blanche2 hurricanes2
Carla1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Carrie1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Chloe1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Colin2 storms2
Daisy2 hurricanes2
Diana2 hurricanes2
Don2 storms2
Dora1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Doria1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Esther1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Fern2 hurricanes2
Fifi2 hurricanes2
Fiona2 storms2
Fred2 hurricanes2
Frieda1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Georges2 hurricanes2
Gilda2 storms2
Ginger1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Hallie2 storms2
Hazel1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Heidi1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Hilda2 hurricanes2
Holly2 hurricanes2
Ida1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Inga1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Ingrid1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Irma1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Isabel1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Janice1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Jenny1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Joyce1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Juan2 hurricanes2
Judith1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Julia1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Katia2 hurricanes2
Keith1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Klaus2 hurricanes2
Laura2 storms2
Leslie1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Melissa2 storms2
Michael2 hurricanes2
Nadine1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Nana1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Olga1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Rina1 hurricane, 1 storm2
Agnes1 hurricane1
Alicia1 hurricane1
Allen1 hurricane1
Amelia1 storm1
Amy1 storm1
Anita1 hurricane1
Audrey1 hurricane1
Babe1 hurricane1
Belle1 hurricane1
Bess1 storm1
Beth1 hurricane1
Betty1 hurricane1
Camille1 hurricane1
Candice1 hurricane1
Candy1 storm1
Carmen1 hurricane1
Caroline1 hurricane1
Christine1 storm1
Clara1 hurricane1
Connie1 hurricane1
Cora1 hurricane1
David1 hurricane1
Dawn1 hurricane1
Delia1 storm1
Diane1 hurricane1
Donna1 hurricane1
Dorian1 storm1
Doris1 hurricane1
Dottie1 storm1
Elaine1 storm1
Ellen1 hurricane1
Eloise1 hurricane1
Emmy1 hurricane1
Eve1 storm1
Evelyn1 hurricane1
Faith1 hurricane1
Faye1 hurricane1
Felice1 storm1
Fernand1 storm1
Flossie1 hurricane1
Flossy1 hurricane1
Francelia1 hurricane1
Frederic1 hurricane1
Gail1 hurricane1
Gertrude1 hurricane1
Gilbert1 hurricane1
Ginny1 hurricane1
Gonzalo1 hurricane1
Gracie1 hurricane1
Hannah1 hurricane1
Hattie1 hurricane1
Helena1 storm1
Hope1 storm1
Hugo1 hurricane1
Ian1 storm1
Igor1 hurricane1
Ike1 hurricane1
Ilsa1 hurricane1
Inez1 hurricane1
Ione1 hurricane1
Isbell1 hurricane1
Janet1 hurricane1
Joan1 hurricane1
Joaquin1 hurricane1
Juliet1 storm1
Kara1 hurricane1
Katie1 hurricane1
Kendra1 hurricane1
Kirk1 hurricane1
Kristy1 storm1
Larry1 storm1
Laurie1 hurricane1
Lenny1 hurricane1
Lois1 hurricane1
Luis1 hurricane1
Marilyn1 hurricane1
Martha1 hurricane1
Michelle1 hurricane1
Mindy1 storm1
Mitch1 hurricane1
Nicholas1 storm1
Odette1 storm1
Omar1 hurricane1
Opal1 hurricane1
Oscar1 storm1
Pablo1 storm1
Paloma1 hurricane1
Patty1 storm1
Paula1 hurricane1
Peter1 storm1
Rafael1 hurricane1
Richard1 hurricane1
Rita1 hurricane1
Roxanne1 hurricane1
Sandy1 hurricane1
Sean1 storm1
Sebastien1 storm1
Shary1 hurricane1
Stan1 hurricane1
Tammy1 storm1
Tanya1 hurricane1
Tomas1 hurricane1
Tony1 storm1
Vince1 hurricane1
Wilma1 hurricane1
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