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24 October, 2005

How about 'Higgins'?

There's an interesting detail in the BBC's report of Hurricane Wilma crossing Florida, which mentions another tropical storm, designated 'Alpha'.  That name was applied because the US National Hurricane Center has already used the 21 names pre-assigned for storms this year, so has had to start on the Greek alphabet.  This year's has been the most active Atlantic hurricane season since 1933.

Comments

I'm disappointed we're not going to have hurricanes Xavier, Yvette and Zeke.

Hurricane Xenu would be a good one to piss off the Scientologists.

Posted by Tim Hall at October 24, 2005 08:49 PM

Just done a bit of research:
There are 21 names, alternately male and female, from A-W excluding 'Q' and 'U'.
There are six lists of names, one per year.
After the sixth year, the first list is reused i.e. storm names aren't unique.
However, if a hurricane is particularly destructive, that name is retired from circulation for at least ten years. That means there was a Katrina in 1999, but there won't be another in 2011.

Posted by NRT at October 24, 2005 10:09 PM
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