Where Do Hurricane Names Come From?

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

Hurricane awareness is critical for residents who live in states along the coast. We might take it for granted how much we know about these storms.

Not exactly a postcard moment in Miami Beach as a thunderstorm rolled through town. Folks in south Florida used to tropical weather rolling in. With hurricane season in full swing, we thought we'd get out and ask people the one question everyone wants to know.

The weather only proved our point. Even though it's hurricane season, severe weather can still pack a punch. Florida has seen it's fair share of hurricanes, we wanted to know if people knew where those big storms got their names.

"We heard all the time on German television," said Kia Irmer. She and her friend were vacationing from Germany. We discovered that most people we talked to in Miami Beach were on Vacation. Even Kia knew something about hurricanes.

"I just know that they form in ocean and then they going into the land," said Irmer.

She didn't know exactly how hurricane's got their name.

"There are six rotating name lists for the Atlantic Basin," said Dr. Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center.

"Every six years you come back to the same list of names that you had 6 years ago, minus any names that were retired after a particular storm caused a level of damage, a scope of human suffering or some other notoriety that made it insensitive for us to hold onto that name," explained Knabb.

Storms like Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans and Sandy that impacted the East Coast and Andrew that forever changed how we prepare for hurricanes. Those names have all been retired.

This season has only seen one named storm so far, that was Arthur. Next on the list is Bertha. No matter what the name, forecasters want you to be prepared.


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