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Naming the storm: 2016 edition

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Hurricane season kicks off officially on June 1st. This years list of names comes no different than any other year. There will be a list of names alternating between male and female. No local or national entity controls the names but in fact a world organization does. The World Meteorological Organization handles the list of names that rotates on a 6 year basis. 

Before the 1950s, hurricanes and tropical storms were named on a first come first served basis. One, two, three...etc. The change in the 1950s came from the fact that better records could be kept if the storms were named. Very simple, short and easy to remember names. And all female names too! It wasn't until the 1970s where the WMO began to add in males names and alternate them. 

Ever since then, the naming system has remained in place. The only time a name is ever replaced or retired is if a storm is so strong, so costly or so deadly that the re-occurrence of the name would be insensitive and inappropriate to use. 

Although there are 26 letters in the alphabet, we only use 21 of those letters. If there ever is a season (like 2005) where there are more storms than number of letters in the alphabet, we move into the Greek alphabet. 

The 2016 Hurricane season names prove to be no different. Here is a list of the names to WMO and NHC (National Hurricane Center) will use this year. Remember, Alex and Bonnie occurred before the hurricane season started. Meaning, although Hurricane season begins on June 1st, the first storm to be named within the confines of hurricane season will begin with the letter C. 

 

Alex  Bonnie Colin Danielle Earl
Fiona Gaston Hermine Ian Julia
Karl Lisa Matthew Nicole  Otto
Paula Richard Shary Tobias Virginie
Walter Alpha Beta Gamma Delta

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