Never too early to be prepared

Published on February 22nd, 2021

Keeping step with all the rare occurrences in 2020 was the Atlantic Hurricane Season which broke the record for the highest number of tropical/subtropical storms in a single year, surpassing the previous record of 28 storms set in 2005. Official records date to 1851.

The season featured 30 named storms which revealed a lesser known fact about named storms. Prior to each season, which is from June 1 to November 30, the National Hurricane Center reveals the 21 names to be used that year. Beyond the 21st storm, the Greek alphabet gets used for the remainder of the season, with 2020 as only the second time in history this was necessary.

The 21 names are curried from one of six lists which get are rotated each year, though the names of especially severe storms are permanently retired from use, with replacement names inserted in their place. Since this policy began in 1954, 89 names have been removed.

So what are the names for 2021? Hopefully these storms will be kind: Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda.

For more details on storm naming, click here.

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