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.
For the most straight-up, factual information about tropical storms and hurricanes visit the National Hurricane Center’s site. For the best local weather with no ads check out weather.gov.
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The National Weather Service has once again provided a wealth of information on Hurricane Wilma. Check out their page on Wilma for projected path, satellite images (updated every 30 minutes) and much more.
You won’t find any videos of the destruction, or suicidal news reporters out in 100 MPH winds, but you will find plenty of factual information about the storm.
Wondering what the next name is after Wilma? The list of names (maintained by the World Meteorological Orginization) does not use names starting with x, y, or z, so after Wilma we will move on to Hurricane Alpha, then Beta, Gamma, etc. throught the greek alphabet. For more information on hurricane naming, check out the National Hurricane Center’s page on the topic.
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