2019 Hurricane Names

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

August 28, 2019
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 Dorian… Wondering where all these names come from? Here’s how hurricanes get their names, as well as 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 this year’s Hurricane Season Forecast and Updates 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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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?

Your next name should be

Your next name should be Hurricane Aubrey

Names for hurricane starting with X

Names starting with X for hurricanes
Xandra & Xavia

Names for Hurricane starting with X

Xenia

Names for hurricane starting with P

Names for hurricane P names
Pellie,Petra,Paula

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I think we need to get away from names and give them numbers starting with current year first then numerical order.

Should use hurricane ALICE or

Should use hurricane ALICE or MAE

Suggested hurricane names

Hurricane Tora
Hurricane Jesse
Hurricane Jamila
Hurricane Peretta
Hurricane Sanquinet

Thank you

use this name

Hurriucane Remona

Hurricane Name Idea

Would love to have a hurricane names after me. I heard back in WWII they were named after military wives and girlfriends. I'm guessing they all had very bad tempers as well. I believe I fit that category.... Hurricane Shawnee 2018!!!!!!

Hurricane

I would love to have a hurricane named Addyson

Hurricane names

I'd love to read about a hurricane named after me (Callisto) or after a moon/planet. Like come on, Hurricane Pluto or Hurricane Saturn would be so cool.

Hurricane name

I would like the next hurricane name to be Devonte

Good Names

Katie,Emma,Alyssa,Eliza,Jack,Jace,Justin,Hailey,Isabella,Nyla,Marie,

Hurrcaine name

I would like a hurrcaine named Belinda

2017

The name the next hurricane should be kKC

Hurricanes

I would like to name a hurricane after cody. Hurricane Cody.

Name

Like one named after me. Sylina

Why not hurricane wendy i

Why not hurricane wendy i mean hurricanes are famous for wind

my name

name a hurricane brayden.

Hurricane

Never seen or heard a tropical storm or hurricane named Celeste or Celestine

hurricane name

Nova, Lyree, or Jan'ee.

Hurricane name

Haley,Lisa,jean,Lorraine,

I'm going to be 65 years old

I'm going to be 65 years old on december 23 i have been reading about hurricanes since i was in 7th grade. I have never seen a hurricane named vickie i hope to see it or read about Vickie in my lifetime.
Thank you
Vickie

Hurricane name

I would like a hurricane named after me but spelled backwards "Enwad"or the next name Dawnerella either one would be great thank you for your time.

Name of hurricane

Name a hurricane Jordan

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