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Tropical Cyclone Names

Introduction

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.
Areas covered by the Australian Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres

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 normally chosen in sequence, when the list is exhausted, we return the the start of the list.

Names

First names for the 2007-08 season are highlighted
* Marked for replacement

  Perth TCWC Darwin TCWC Brisbane TCWC
A Adeline Alison Alex Amelia Alistair Alfred Ann Anika
B Bertie Billy Bessi Bruno Bonnie Blanch Bruce Bernie
C Clare* Cathy Clancy Coral Craig Caleb Cecily Claudia
D Daryl Damien Dianne Dominic Debbie Denise Dennis Des
E Emma Ellie Errol Esther Evan Ernie Edna Erin
F Floyd Frederic Fiona Ferdinand Farrah Frances Fletcher Fritz
G Glenda* Gabrielle Grant Gretel George Greg Gillian Grace
H Hubert Hamish Harriet Hector Helen Hilda Harold Harvey*
I Isobel Ilsa Iggy Irma Ira Ivan Ita Ingrid*
J Jacob Joseph Jana Jake Jasmine Joyce Jack Jim
K Kara Kirrily Ken Kay Kim Kelvin Kitty Kate
L Lee Leon Linda Laurence Laura Liz Les Larry*
M Melanie Marcia Mitchell Marian Matt Marcus May Monica*
N Nicholas Norman Nicky Neville Narelle Nora Nathan Nelson
O Ophelia Olga Oscar Olwyn Oswald Owen Olinda Odette
PQ Pancho Paul Phoebe Phil Penny Polly Pete Pierre
R Rosie Robyn Raymond Raquel Russell Richard Ruby Rebecca
S Selwyn Sean Sally Samuel Sandra Sadie Stan Sebastian
T Tiffany Terri Tim Tasha Trevor Theo Tammie Tania
UV Victor Vincent Vivienne Verdun Valerie Verity Vaughan Vernon
WXYZ Zelia Yvette Willy Winsome Warwick Wallace Wylva Whitney


* Cyclone names marked for replacement

US-based site with listings of names from regions elsewhere in the world.

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, etc. The Bureau is unable to grant all these requests as they far out-number the number of Tropical Cyclones that occur in the Australian region.
The Bureau will only accept requests received in writing (not e-mail). The request cannot be immediately granted but the name will be added to a supplementary list. When a name is retired of similar gender and initial, a name can be included from this supplementary list (subject to checks to ensure it is not on the Southern Hemisphere retired name list or offensive in any of the languages of our international neighbours.)
Note that it can take many decades for a suitable slot to become available, then a further 10-20 years for the names to cycle through, so it is likely to be well over 50 years before your requested name is allocated to a cyclone.

Tropical cyclone naming policy

  • Tropical cyclone names in each list alternate male and female.  The two exceptions occur on the Perth & Brisbane lists, which each have an odd number of names.
  • Names of cyclones that have already significantly affected the Australian region cannot be used again
  • If two or more cyclones are occurring simultaneously, similar sounding names (eg June & Jane) are avoided to minimise confusion
  • Names should not be capable of being construed to subject the Bureau to criticism or ridicule (eg naming a sequence of cyclones after politicians)
  • Lists of names are coordinated with neighbouring meteorological services to avoid duplication

Notes

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.


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