Thursday, September 29, 2022

2021 Tropical Storm Names Have Been Announced

Tropical Storm Isaias (WYDaily/Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)
Tropical Storm Isaias (WYDaily/Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)

NATIONWIDE — Last week, WYDaily brought to you the most popular baby names in Virginia for 2020. This week, we will discuss another set of names: those for the Atlantic 2021 tropical storm season.

The names for this year’s storms are:

  • Ana
  • Bill
  • Claudette
  • Danny
  • Elsa
  • Fred
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Julian
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Mindy
  • Nicholas
  • Odette
  • Peter
  • Rose
  • Sam
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Wanda

Since 1953, the National Hurricane Center has annually issued names for the Atlantic tropical storms. These names are strictly regulated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.

Tropical storm names are generally rotated and recycled every six years. For example, the list that is used for 2021 will be reused in 2027. The only time that a name will rotate off the reoccurring list is when a storm was considered to be so costly or deadly that it would be inappropriate to use its name for future storms.

According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storms are given names in order to avoid the cumbersome latitude-longitude identification methods. This makes it easier to exchange pertinent storm information between all of the weather stations, coastal bases, and ships at sea.

For more information about the history of storm naming, click here.

To take a look at all of the storm names through 2026, click here.

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