How do Hurricanes get their names?

like katrina and gustav

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  • Gary B
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    1 decade ago
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    The World Meteorological Organization determines this.

    They use one of six pre-named lists. The lists are rotated every year. So every six year we get the SAME hurricane names.

    The only time a name is "retired" is when the hurricane doe a LOT of damage or death, like "Katrina". They will NEVER use the name "Katrina" again.

  • For hurricanes it's by alphabetical order, but it doesn't do Q, U, X, Y, and Z. If in one season all the names get used, they start with "Alfa" "Bravo" "Charlie" and so on with the NATO phonetic alphabet. That has only happened once, though, in 2005.

    Every year there is a different list the storms are named after. They switch boys and girls names every year. Like if one year D is Dolly, then the next it would be a boys name like Damon.

    They use the same list as six years before the current year unless a name on the list has been retired.

    When a name is retired, it is never used again for hurricanes. They usually retire if they cause excessive amounts of damage or if they are very deadly.

    Source(s): I live in Wilmington, NC and I am expirienced. I hope Ike hits us after Hanna does!!! YAY!!
  • 1 decade ago

    The World Meteorological Organization has a six lists of names that are reused every six years. When a particularly nasty hurricane - like Katrina - happens, the name gets retired and they pick a replacement.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I believe that the first hurricane of the season is given a name that starts with the letter A so hurricane Andrew is an example

    The second is given a name with letter B so Hurricane Belinda and so on

    Who picks the Actual name I do not know but would guess its the guys n gals at the hurricane tracking centre

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  • 4 years ago

    good question, Fonzie (and also you're fairly, Earl change into no pearl of a typhoon via the time he drew on the fringe of recent England!) How about those: typhoon Spiro - rejected using very truth it will be in difficulty-free words a nattering nabob of negativity typhoon gas Guzzler - rejected using very truth each and each and every time forecasters tried to prepare the decision, the typhoon ran out of gas typhoon Aesop - via nature, Hurricanes have not were given any morals typhoon Schwarzenegger - proper, a typhoon is somewhat suggested as a typhoon if it originated contained contained in the Tropics Edit: hi Vapor Trails!!

  • 1 decade ago

    The World Meteorological Organization has a six lists of names that are reused every six years. They rotate girl boy girl boy in alphebetical order. But where europe is they do boy girl boy girl, instead of girl boy, so they wont get conufsed. So hanna right now is actually a boy name , ike is a girl name, and josephine is a boy name, to them..... but thats how they get there names!

    I no its kinda stupid and pointless... but it makes it kinda fun to name them.... i wish i could name one of the hurricanes one day and everyone would be calling it that!

    Hope this helps!!!

    Source(s): My science teacher told me
  • 5 years ago

    The World Meterological Organization comes up with them. They're named after people. They do boy girl boy girl.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This link has all the names used all over the world, as well as explanations: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml

  • 1 decade ago

    the ppl in the hurricane center come up with it

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