Did you know that hurricane names could be retired? Find out why some names are no longer used for Atlantic storms and see the list of hurricane names that have been retired since the 1950s.
Why Are Hurricane Names Retired?
For Atlantic hurricanes, there are six lists of names that are repeated every six years (which you can see here).
However, the names of especially destructive hurricanes often get retired. These hurricanes had a terrible impact on lives or the economy. (When a name is retired, it’s replaced by a new name.)
Any country may request that the name of a hurricane be “retired,” which must then be considered and agreed upon by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Current List of Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names
Below is the list of Atlantic Ocean retired names and the year the hurricane(s) occurred.
Note that the hurricane-naming tradition only started in 1950, so there may be historic storms that are not included because they happened before 1950. Also of note: before 1979, hurricanes were only given women’s names.
|1955||Connie, Diane, Ione, Janet|
|1964||Cleo, Dora, Hilda|
|1995||Luis, Marilyn, Opal, Roxanne|
|1996||Cesar, Fran, Hortense|
|2001||Allison, Iris, Michelle|
|2003||Fabian, Isabel, Juan|
|2004||Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne|
|2005||Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, Wilma|
|2007||Dean, Felix, Noel|
|2008||Gustav, Ike, Paloma|
|2017||Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate|
This table was last updated in August 2019. Source: NOAA
Did You Know?
- Around 39% of hurricanes that hit the United States strike the state of Florida.
- Two-thirds of the strongest hurricanes (Class 4 or 5) make landfall on either the Florida or Texas coast.
Learn More About Hurricanes
Find out the forecast for this year’s hurricane season.
Read about the Worst Hurricanes in U.S. History (a three-part series).