2019 Hurricane Names

2019 Storm Names for Atlantic Basin and Eastern North-Pacific

December 26, 2018
Hurricane Florence Sept 2018

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

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Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael… Wondering where all these names come from? Here’s the list of hurricane names for the 2019 season.

2019 Hurricane Season

The lists include storms in both the Atlantic Basin (Gulf and East Coast hurricanes) and Eastern North-Pacific (Pacific Island and West Coast hurricanes).

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. See Hurricane Season Forecast and Recap here.

Hurricane Names for 2019

Atlantic Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2019

Andrea Humberto Olga
Barry Imelda Pablo
Chantal Jerry Rebekah
Dorian Karen Sebasian
Erin Lorenzo Tanya
Fernand Melissa Van
Gabrielle Nestor Wendy

Eastern North-Pacific Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2019

Alvin Ivo Raymond
Barbara Juliette Sonia
Cosme Kiko Tico
Dalila Lorena Velma
Erick Mario Wallis
Flossie Narda Xina
Gil Octave York
Henriette Priscilla Zelda

Note: Hurricanes are given names according to a formal system that is managed by the World Meteorological Organization, not The Old Farmer’s Almanac!  We appreciate your requests, however, we have no influence over the names selected. 

How do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

  • Hurricane names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six lists of names for Atlantic and Pacific storms. Every six years, the lists of names repeat.
  • Each list contains unique names, which are assigned to storms in alphabetical order. If more storms occur in one season than there are names on the list, the newest storms are named after the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and so on).
  • Tropical storms are given names when they display a rotating circulation pattern and wind speeds of 39 miles per hour (63 kilometers per hour). A tropical storm develops into a hurricane when wind speeds reach 74 mph (119 kph).
  • The names of especially destructive hurricanes are usually retired. See a list of retired tropical storm and hurricane names here.

The History of Hurricane Names

  • Native Americans called these storms hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude.
  • In 1950, a formal practice for storm naming was first developed by the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, storms were named according to a phonetic alphabet (e.g., Able, Baker, Charlie) and the names used were the same for each hurricane season; in other words, the first hurricane of a season was always named “Able,” the second “Baker,” and so on.
  • In 1953, to avoid the repetitive use of names, the system was revised so that storms would be given female names. This mimicked the habits of old naval meteorologists, who named the storms after their wife or girlfriend, much the way ships at sea were named after women. A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first person to give a tropical storm a female name.
  • In 1979, the system was revised again to include both female and male names.

Learn More About Hurricanes

For more information on hurricanes, see:

Also check out our series on some of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the US: The Worst Hurricanes in US History (Part I)

Source: 

The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac

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Hi, Linda, The hurricane

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Hi, Linda, The hurricane season is June through November so it won't affect your cruise. In terms of weather, we offer our long-range weather predictions in The 2014 Old Farmer's Almanac, now on sale in bookstores and on our Web site here: http://www.almanac.com/store/a...

I AM PLANNING A WESTERN

I AM PLANNING A WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE FOR SEPT. 11-17, 2011 AND WANT TO KNOW IF I CAN FIND OUT ABOUT HURRICANE SEASON THIS YEAR. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

My son is planning a wedding

My son is planning a wedding in the Dominican Republic in Sept 21 2014, I am worried about Hurricanes before and during that could destroy his day and put everyone in danger

Hi Carol, We only cover North

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Hi Carol, We only cover North America. In The 2014 Old Farmer's Almanac, September is predicted to be rainier and warmer than normal, with several hurricane threats in September. I'm sorry that it probably not comforting. Hurricanes are challenging to predict as there are many variables. For example, the experts at Colorado State and around the globe predicted a very active season this year and it was a bust. So, it's highly variable.

I got married in August 2001

I got married in August 2001 in Caribbean and it was beautiful, hot nut gorgeous. Pray and check the weather channel.

Just realized it passed. How was it?

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