After a record 28 named storms last year, NOAA is predicting 13 to 16 named Atlantic storms this year. While that number seems low it is still above average, and perhaps more astonishing is the fact that our first named storm, tropical storm Alberto has already made a pass over Florida!
As a sneak preview, here are the 21 names set aside for this year’s tropical storms/hurricanes. NOAA even has the next five years already listed.
In addition to setting the record for the most named storms last year, we also retired more storm names last year than any other. A storm name is retired if there is sufficient loss of life or property to make in inappropriate to reuse the name. Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma were all retired last year. If a name is not retired it will be reused seven years later.