We've run out of hurricane names!

  • 22 September 2020
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We’ve run out of hurricane names folks! :astonished: (check out National Geographic’s report on this here)

Each year, there are 21 names available - and we’ve already used them all. We’ve had 23 so far to be precise.


There is no real choice for meteorologists when it comes to naming tropical storms—they simply have a catalog of recycled names that they move through as new storms pop up each year: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, and so on.

Which means they’ll now move on to the Greek alphabet (we’ve had Alpha and Beta so far already). 

What do you think would make a suitable storm name? 

Apparently Megatron and Stormageddon have been suggested previously...

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Dorothy 👠👠

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Both excellent :grin:

What about frankenstorm? 

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Higgins 🎱, bit obvious that one. 



Auntie Emm?

I just love that they’re named 😂😂😂😂😂😂👍

Apparently they’re given names because it helps scientists and local officials etc give the right sense of urgency when trying to let people know what to do - if it’s just referred to as a ‘hurricane’ or ‘storm’ then it doesn’t resonate with people the same way!