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Name That Hurricane! for 2010


June 1, 2010


The word “Hurricane” is derived from the Carib term for “God of Evil”. In the West Indies hurricanes were originally named after the Saint upon whose holy day the storm occurred. Until 1953, the custom was to refer to storms by their year or location i.e.: “The Hurricane of 1938” or “The Galveston Hurricane of 1900”, when the National Hurricane Center began using female names, in alphabetical order.

In 1979, alternating male and female names began. Six rotating lists of names are utilized for Atlantic Tropical Cyclones. An international committee of the World Meteorological Organization decides at the conclusion of each hurricane season if the name of an extremely deadly or costly storm should be retired and replaced on the list -- there will never be another Hurricane Katrina, at least in name.

As we saw in 2005, once the 21 Tropical Cyclone names are used up, additional storms take the names from the letters of the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.

Without further ado, let us introduce you to the Tropical Storms/Hurricanes of 2010:

  • Alex
  • Bonnie
  • Colin
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Fiona
  • Gaston
  • Hermine
  • Igor
  • Julia
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Matthew
  • Nicole
  • Otto
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary
  • Tomas
  • Virginie
  • Walter

Historically, New England and Maine have experienced the most impact from hurricanes in August and September. But it's not too soon to start thinking about hurricane safety. Check out our Hurricane Safety fact sheets at



Lynette Miller


Last update: 07/20/10