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Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names


Atlantic Names

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Alex
Bonnie
Charley
Danielle
Earl
Frances
Gaston
Hermine
Ivan
Jeanne
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tomas
Virginie
Walter
Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Dennis
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irene
Jose
Katrina
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rita
Stan
Tammy
Vince
Wilma
Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sandy
Tony
Valerie
William
Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dean
Erin
Felix
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Noel
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy
Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gustav
Hanna
Ike
Josephine
Kyle
Lili*
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paloma
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred
Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fabian
Grace
Henri
Isabel
Juan
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda

*Lili was retired after 2002 season, replacement name to be determined.

Experience shows that the use of short, distinctive given names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error than the older more cumbersome latitude-longitude identification methods. These advantages are especially important in exchanging detailed storm information between hundreds of widely scattered stations, coastal bases, and ships at sea.

Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center and now maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. The lists featured only women's names until 1979, when men's and women's names were alternated. Six lists are used in rotation. Thus, the 2004 list will be used again in 2010. Here is more information on the history of naming hurricanes.

The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the WMO committee (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it.

Several names have been changed since the lists were last used. Four names from the 1995 list have been retired. On the 2001 list, Lorenzo has replaced Luis, Michelle has replaced Marilyn, Olga has replaced Opal, and Rebekah has replaced Roxanne. Three names from the 1996 list have been retired. On the 2002 list, Cristobal has replaced Cesar, Fay has replaced Fran, and Hanna has replaced Hortense. Two names from the 1998 list have been retired. On the 2004 list, Gaston has replaced Georges and Matthew has replaced Mitch. On the 2006 list, Kirk has replaced Keith. Here is more information on the retirement of hurricane names.


Eastern North Pacific Names

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Agatha
Blas
Celia
Darby
Estelle
Frank
Georgette
Howard
Isis
Javier
Kay
Lester
Madeline
Newton
Orlene
Paine
Roslyn
Seymour
Tina
Virgil
Winifred
Xavier
Yolanda
Zeke
Adrian
Beatriz
Calvin
Dora
Eugene
Fernanda
Greg
Hilary
Irwin
Jova
Kenneth
Lidia
Max
Norma
Otis
Pilar
Ramon
Selma
Todd
Veronica
Wiley
Xina
York
Zelda
Aletta
Bud
Carlotta
Daniel
Emilia
Fabio
Gilma
Hector
Ileana
John
Kristy
Lane
Miriam
Norman
Olivia
Paul
Rosa
Sergio
Tara
Vicente
Willa
Xavier
Yolanda
Zeke
Alvin
Barbara
Cosme
Dalila
Erick
Flossie
Gil
Henriette
Ivo
Juliette
Kiko
Lorena
Manuel
Narda
Octave
Priscilla
Raymond
Sonia
Tico
Velma
Wallis
Xina
York
Zelda
Alma
Boris
Cristina
Douglas
Elida
Fausto
Genevieve
Hernan
Iselle
Julio
Karina
Lowell
Marie
Norbert
Odile
Polo
Rachel
Simon
Trudy
Vance
Winnie
Xavier
Yolanda
Zeke
Andres
Blanca
Carlos
Dolores
Enrique
Felicia
Guillermo
Hilda
Ignacio
Jimena
Kevin
Linda
Marty
Nora
Olaf
Patricia
Rick
Sandra
Terry
Vivian
Waldo
Xina
York
Zelda

These lists are also re-cycled every six years (the 2004 list will be used again in 2010).


Central North Pacific Names

List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4
Akoni
Ema
Hana
Io
Keli
Lala
Moke
Nele
Oka
Peke
Uleki
Wila
Aka
Ekeka
Hali
Iolana
Keoni
Li
Mele
Nona
Oliwa
Paka
Upana
Wene
Alika
Ele
Huko
Ioke
Kika
Lana
Maka
Neki
Oleka
Peni
Ulia
Wali
Ana
Ela
Halola
Iune
Kimo
Loke
Malia
Niala
Oko
Pali
Ulika
Walaka

The names are used one after the other. When the bottom of one list is reached, the next name is the top of the next list.


Western North Pacific Names

Contributor I II III IV V
Cambodia
China
DPR Korea
HK, China
Japan
Lao PDR
Macau
Malaysia
Micronesia
Philippines
RO Korea
Thailand
U.S.A.
Vietnam
Cambodia
China
DPR Korea
HK, China
Japan
Lao PDR
Macau
Malaysia
Micronesia
Philippines
RO Korea
Thailand
U.S.A.
Vietnam
Damrey
Longwang
Kirogi
Kai-Tak
Tenbin
Bolaven
Chanchu
Jelawat
Ewinlar
Bilis
Gaemi
Prapiroon
Maria
Saomai
Bopha
Wukong
Sonamu
Shanshan
Yagi
Xangsane
Bebinca
Rumbia
Soulik
Cimaron
Chebi
Durian
Utor
Trami
Kong-rey
Yutu
Toraji
Man-yi
Usagi
Pabuk
Wutip
Sepat
Fitow
Danas
Nari
Vipa
Francisco
Lekima
Krosa
Haiyan
Podul
Lingling
Kaziki
Faxai
Vamei
Tapah
Mitag
Hagibis
Noguri
Ramasoon
Chataan
Halong
Nakri
Fengshen
Kalmaegi
Fung-wong
Kanmuri
Phanfone
Vongfong
Rusa
Sinlaku
Hagupit
Changmi
Megkhla
Higos
Bavi
Maysak
Haishen
Pongsona
Yanyan
Kuzira
Chan-hom
Linfa
Nangka
Soudelor
Imbudo
Koni
Hanuman
Etau
Vamco
Krovanh
Dujuan
Maemi
Choi-wan
Koppu
Ketsana
Parma
Melor
Nepartak
Lupit
Sudal
Nida
Omais
Conson
Chanthu
Dianmu
Mindule
Tingting
Kompasu
Namtheun
Malou
Meranti
Rananin
Malakas
Megi
Chaba
Kodo
Songda
Sarika
Haima
Meari
Ma-on
Tokage
Nock-ten
Muifa
Merbok
Nanmadol
Talas
Noru
Kularb
Roke
Sonca
Nesat
Haitang
Nalgae
Banyan
Washi
Matsa
Sanvu
Mawar
Guchol
Talim
Nabi
Khanun
Vicete
Saola

These names are also used sequentially. If the last storm of the year is Cimaron, the first storm of the next year is Chebi.


Australian Region Names (as of 1999)

Western Australian Region
Adeline
Bertie
Clare
Daryl
Emma
Floyd
Glenda
Hubert
Isobel
Jacob
Kirsty
Lee
Melanie
Nicholas
Ophelia
Pancho
Rhonda
Selwyn
Tiffany
Victor
Zelia
Alison
Billy
Cathy
Damien
Elaine
Frederic
Gwenda
Hamish
Ilsa
John
Kirrily
Leon
Marcia
Norman
Olga
Paul
Rosita
Sam
Taryn
Vincent
Walter
Alex
Bessi
Chris
Dianne
Errol
Fiona
Graham
Harriet
Inigo
Jana
Ken
Linda
Monty
Nicky
Oscar
Phoebe


Sally
Tim
Vivienne
Willy


Northern Australian Region
Amelia
Bruno
Coral
Dominic
Esther
Ferdinand
Gretel
Hector
Jason
Irma
Kay
Laurence
Marian
Neville
Olwyn
Phil
Rachel
Sid
Thelma
Vance
Winsome
Alistair
Bonnie
Craig
Debbie
Evan
Fay
George
Helen
Jasmine
Ira
Kim
Laura
Matt
Narelle
Oswald
Penny
Russel
Sandra
Trevor
Valerie
Warwick


Eastern Australian Region
Alfred
Blanch
Charles
Denise
Ernie
Frances
Greg
Hilda
Ivan
Joyce
Kelvin
Lisa
Marcus
Nora
Owen
Polly
Richard
Sadie
Theodore
Verity
Wallace
Ann
Bruce
Cecily
Dennis
Edna
Fergus
Gillian
Harold
Ita
Justin
Katrina
Les
May
Nathan
Olinda
Pete
Rona
Sandy
Tessi
Vaughan
Wylva
Abigail
Bernie
Claudia
Des
Erica
Fritz
Grace
Harvey
Ingrid
Jim
Kate
Larry
Monica
Nelson
Odette
Pierre
Rebecca
Steve
Tania
Vernon
Wendy

Each region uses these lists sequentially. If the last storm of the year is Lisa, the first storm of the next year is Marcus. This is a new set of name lists used by the Bureau of Meteorology effective in 1996.


Fiji Region Names (as of 1998)

LIST A LIST B LIST C LIST D LIST E
(Standby)
Ami
Beni
Cilla
Dovi
Eseta
Fili
Gina
Heta
Ivy
Judy
Kerry
Lola
Meena
Nancy
Olaf
Percy
Rae
Sheila
Tam
Urmil
Vaianu
Wati
Zita
Arthur
Becky
Cliff
Daman
Elisa
Funa
Gene
Hettie
Innis
Joni
Ken
Lin
Mick
Nisha
Oli
Pat
Rene
Sarah
Tomas
Usha
Vania
Wilma
Yasi
Zaka
Atu
Bobby
Cyril
Drena
Evan
Freda
Gavin
Helene
Ian
June
Keli
Lusi
Martin
Nute
Osea
Pam
Ron
Susan
Tui
Ursula
Veli
Wes
Yali
Zuman
Alan
Bart
Cora
Dani
Ella
Frank
Gita
Hali
Iris
Jo
Kim
Leo
Mona
Neil
Oma
Paula
Rita
Sam
Trina
Uka
Vicky
Walter
Yolande
Zoe
Amos
Bune
Chris
Daphne
Eva
Fanny
Garry
Hagar
Irene
Julie
Koko
Louise
Mike
Nat
Odile
Pami
Reuben
Solo
Tuni
Ula
Victor
Winston
Yalo
Zena

Lists A, B, C, and D are used sequentially one after the other. The first name in any given year is the one immediately following the last name from the previous year. List E is a list of replacement names if they become necessary.


Papua New Guinea Region Names (as of 1998):

LIST A LIST B
Epi
Guba
Ila
Kama
Matere
Rowe
Tako
Upia
Abdul
Emau
Gule
Igo
Kamit
Tiogo
Ume

Lists A and B are used sequentially one after the other. The first name in any given year is the one immediately following the last name from the previous year.


Southwest Indian ocean names:

2004-2005 2005-2006
Arola
Bento
Chambo
Devika
Ernest
Felapi
Gerard
Hennie
Isang
Juliet
Kalo
Lilian
Madi
Neddy
Ouledi
Patricia
Qiqita
Ramon
Sopani
Tina
Ula
Vera
Willem
Xaoka
Yelda
Zuze
Alvin
Boloetse
Carina
Diwa
Elia
Farda
Guduza
Helio
Isabella
Jaone
Kundai
Lindsay
Marinda
Nadety
Otile
Pindile
Quincy
Rugare
Sebina
Timba
Usta
Velo
Wilby
Xanda
Yuri
Zoelle

These lists are used sequentially, and they are not rotated every few years as are the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific lists. The lists are maintained by the Seychelles Meteorological Service.



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