The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is only a few days away.
With a near to above average year being predicted by several forecasts, there’s a bigger chance a hurricane may be named after you this year.
Alex is already off the list, having formed in January. And if your name’s not on the Atlantic forecast, maybe you’ll find yourself spinning around in the Eastern North Pacific.
Naming tropical cyclones has an interesting history.
According to National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen, names selected by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are usually common names associated with the ethnicity of the basin that would be impacted by the storms.
“For example, in the Atlantic basin, the majority of storms have English names, but there are also a number of Hispanic-origin names as well as a few French names,” Feltgen said. “For the eastern North Pacific basin, the majority of names are of Hispanic origin, as the impacted countries are Mexico, Guatemala, and other nations of Central America.”
Beginning in 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. Six lists are in rotation and they are now maintained and updated by the WMO.
A storm name can be removed from the list if it is particularly deadly or costly.
This year, three names were removed.