Retired Atlantic Hurricane Storm Names

Hurricane Irene


Rate this Article: 

Average: 3.9 (7 votes)

Here is the list of hurricane storm names that have been retired, to date.

Unfortunately, none of us get to pick the storm names! Hurricanes names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization. 

For Atlantic hurricanes, there is one list that gets repeated every six years.

However, the names of especially destructive hurricanes get retired forever. The offending name is replaced by another name. 

Below are the retired names for the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Note that this hurricane-naming tradition only started in 1950 so there may be historic storms that are not included because they happened before 1950.


Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names

These storms have been some of the most destructive and costly.

Source: NOAA

Did you know?

Around 39% of hurricanes that hit the United States strike the state of Florida.

Also, two-thirds of the strongest hurricanes (Class 4 or 5) make landfall on either the Florida or Texas coast.


The 2016 Old Farmer's Almanac

What do you want to read next?

Reader Comments

Leave a Comment

And in 2015, Patricia.

And in 2015, Patricia.

Wondering if Andrew in 1992;

Wondering if Andrew in 1992; was a retired storm name

Yes, Andrew (1992) is a

Yes, Andrew (1992) is a retired name. 

Was the name name Jane

Was the name name Jane Maggie or Mary ever named as a storm at any time IRENE is my middle name and it made the list .

U see its on the list......

U see its on the list......

Keith Jay

Keith Jay

Free Almanac Newsletters

Weather, sky watch, gardening, recipes, good deals, and everyday advice!