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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Hurricane Isaiah,
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Junior
Milly
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Grenda
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Mika
Morris
Felicia
Big Red

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I would like it if a Storm was named after me before I die.

Isabel was in 2003

Isabel was in 2003

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Hurricane WILLOW

I think the next hurricane

I think the next hurricane should be called Hurricane Claudia!!

Suggested hurricane names

Sammi
Christopher
Laura
Sarita
John
Mary
Uma
Carson

Suggested Hurricane Name

Nina

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taylor

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i think a good name would be kai

HURRICANE NAMES

Owly
Kiwi

Names

My cousin divorced his wife Catherina due to constant fights and problems. The final straw was when Katrina struck. My brother runaway because the lady lives by her name.
Why are the bad storms not named after people like Osama, Saddam etc

2018 or future hurricane names

Shonda
Nathan
Dominic
Jordan
Gabriel
Iverne

I like:

I like:
Aria
Benjamin
Carol
Daniel
Evie
Fabio
Genevieve
Harley
Isabelle
Jackson
Kaitlyn
Liam
Maliya
Nicholas
Olivia
Philbert
Quinn
Rodger
Selina
Tyler
Ula
Victor
Willa
Xander
Yolanda
Zachary

hurricane names suggestion 2018

Names:
Olga
Lesya
Natasha
Tasha
Sabrina
Marco
Carlo
Darren
Grant
Moss

Name a hurricane

Mia

Hurricane

I would like my name to be mentioned to a future Hurricane. Thank you.

Name a hurricane

Celena
Shae
Lena
Maurice
Trey
Makayla

Names for 2017 or 18

I like,
Roniya
Rasool
Landon
Yevette
Kendrell
Kenyon
Priceless and precious to me. Maybe they will be as nice as this bunch

Hurricane name suggestions

OH NO
Zinger
Skippy

Hurricane Name

Name it Ty!

Names of Hurricanes

How about the female name Nona. Since its Latin for 9th born, maybe the season a 9th hurricane would be a female name.

Hurricane Name Suggestions

Atalia or Alma

Hurricane names for 2017

Shellice or Lanard

Hurricane Name Suggestion 2018

Hurricane Fleisha, Hurricane Sheivon, Randi, Dee

For the next hurricane that

For the next hurricane that starts with s name it shevornce and z name it zenidine

Hurricane Names

why in the world won't you use Angela?? Please don't say it is too ethnic because if Jose, Katrina, Rina, etc. is not ethnic, than Angela not be not ethnic either.

Hurricane Name Starting With G

For the next female hurricane name that starts with a G you should use the name Genevieve.

Next hurricane name starting with P

The next hurricane starting with P should be Pellie

Name a hurricane

Is it too late to change hurricane lee to hurricane Leonard in honor of Leonard Cohen?

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