TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMES
This page provides a listing of names that are used for tropical cyclones in the Australian Region. There are three lists of names that are used by the Bureau of Meteorology; one for each of the three Australian Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWC) in Perth, Darwin and Brisbane. Information on the zones of responsibility can be found here.
The name of a new tropical cyclone is usually selected from the list of names of the TCWC responsible for the area in which it first became a cyclone. If a cyclone moves into another TCWC's area of responsibility, its name is retained. Similarly, if a named cyclone moves into the Australian region from another country's zone of responsibility, the name assigned by that other country will be retained. The names are normaly chosen in sequence, when the list is exhausted, we return the the start of the list.
First names for the 2005-06 season are highlighted in green
For listings of names from regions elsewhere in the world, this US-based site is useful.
Requests by the public for Tropical Cyclone Names:
The Bureau of Meteorology receives many requests from the public to name Tropical Cyclones after themselves, friends, public figures, etc. The Bureau is unable to grant these requests as they far out-number the number of Tropical Cyclones that occur in the Australian region. To selectively accept requests would show a level of favouritism and in some cases may be inappropriate (eg naming a Cyclone after a disliked politician). The Bureau therefore does not grant any of these requests.
Tropical Cyclone Naming Policy
When a significant cyclone affects Australia (like TC Tracy in 1974 or TC Ingrid in 2005), the name is "retired" and replaced in the list with a name of similar initial and gender.
A name may be skipped if it is not deemed appropriate when it is due to be used (eg it is the same as the name of a public figure who is in the news for a sensitive or controversial reason)
A name may be skipped if a similarly named cyclone is active in the area.
Cyclones may not seem to follow alphabetical sequence as cyclones named in an adjoining area move into your region.
Cyclones moving westwards across the Indian Ocean are usually renamed by the TCWC at La Reunion, when they move out of Australia's zone of responsibility. Otherwise cyclones retain their name throughout their existence.
Sometimes a decayed cyclone will re-generate (eg after crossing land) and will usually retain the name it had before it weakened.
Latest Version: 1 August 2005